Sister Irene Drummond Print Page Print this page

A park commemorates Sister Irene Melville Drummond, a nursing sister who worked at the Broken Hill and District Hospital before joining the Australian Regular Army in October 1940. The park, which was originally a children`s playground at the hospital, was consecrated to her memory on the 9th October 1949. The plaque on the left gate column as you enter the park commemorates this event.

The present memorial park was redesigned as part of the redevelopment of the new health facility and reopened with a blessing on 9th October 1999 - the 50th anniversary of the original consecration.

Irene was on of 21 nurses massacred by Japanese soldiers on the island of Bangka on 16th February 1942, after the ship evacuating them from Singapore was bombed and sank.

A children`s playground in the grounds of the hospital where she once was sister in charge of men's surgery, will commemorate Miss Irene Drummond at Broken Hill. She left Broken Hill Hospital to enlist in the Australian Army Nursing Service, was matron of the A.I.F. hospital at Singapore, and died in the Banka massacre. Swings, slides, an ocean wave, a climbing tower, see saws, and a giant stride will make it a very happy memorial and a very fitting one for her fine, robust personality. The late Matron Drummond was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cedric Drummond, of Millswood, South Australia.
News (Adelaide),  27 June 1947.


Address:Chloride and Thomas Streets, Sister Irene Drummond Memorial Park, Broken Hill, 2880
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.947355
Long: 141.456455
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
View Google Map


Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:16-February-1942
Actual Event End Date:16-February-1942


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 9th October, 1949
Front Inscription





Left Side Inscription

To recall the heroic sacrifice
of a former sister
of this hospital

One of 21 Australian Army nurses
massacred by the Japanese Army
At Bangka Island on Feb. 16th 1942.

This park is fondly dedicated.

Lest We Forget

Source: NRWM, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
Proudly sponsored by UBC Web Design