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The memorial commemorates the nurses who died while working at the Brisbane Isolation Hospital during the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1919.  Nurses Alice Wyeth, Hannah Elizabeth Dufton and Clare Popple died from Spanish Influenza which they acquired while caring for patients at the hospital. 

The memorial is dedicated to these three special nurses, and all nurses and midwives past and present in acknowledgement of 2020 International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Alice Wyeth, who was born in Toowoomba and trained at the Mother's Hospital, was one of 200 nurses who tended to the sick in Brisbane when the pandemic arrived on Australia's shores in 1919. Ms Wyeth was a senior and respected nurse who had travelled to Brisbane to volunteer her services. In June 1919, she acquired Spanish influenza and developed pneumonia and died. 

Fellow nurse Clara Poppel also died in June 1919. Rockhampton-born Ms Poppel was on holidays in Brisbane when she decided to volunteer.

The third nurse was Hannah Dufton. Ms Dufton had only been in Brisbane for about 18 months, after returning from World War I, before she contracted the flu at the hospital and died.


Address:Butterfield Street, Royal Brisbane Amd Womens Hospital, Herston, 4029
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.446528
Long: 153.028381
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:March-2021
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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