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Australian Service Nurses National Memorial : 8-May-2009
Australian Service Nurses National Memorial : 8-May-2009

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Glen Yeomans / Sandra Brown / Russell Byers

The Australian Service Nurses National Memorial honours past and present Australian Service nurses.

Since the time of the South African War, nurses have served by caring for the sick and wounded in every conflict to which Australia has committed troops. This memorial is made of cast glass. Etched and cast into the inner glass walls are text and images, in a timeline sequence, portraying the history and contribution of Australian Service Nursing.

The memorial also includes a collage of historical photographs and extracts from diaries and letters, in the original handwriting. Some panels are blank. This is intentional, reminding of the inconclusive nature of any memorial to an ongoing Service group. The memorial is distinctly horizontal and the form of the interlocking glass walls represents nurturing hands, symbolic of nursing. A contemplative space surrounded with rosemary for remembrance completes the memorial. Among values reflected in the memorial are those of human dignity and worth, dedication in bringing succour and care, commitment beyond self, courage, companionship and fortitude.

Location

Address:ANZAC Parade, East Side, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.286074
Long: 149.144625
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Designer:Robin Moorhouse in conjunction with MonuMental Design and Australian Nursing Associations

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 2nd October, 1999
Front Inscription

In memory of Australian Service Nurses whose supreme sacrifice, courage and devotion were inspiring to those for whom they so willingly risked their lives.

Their memory will also be our sacred trust.

Source: MA,NC,SKP
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