NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

In the Wake of the WWI Australian and New Zealand Nursing Sisters

A commemorative tour organised by nurse historian Clare Ashton in Sept '15 from Athens to Istanbul to remember NZ's First World War nurses who cared for casualties of the Gallipoli Campaign.

Nursing Sisters at Needlework. Photographs of the Third Australian General Hospital at Lemnos, Egypt & Brighton (Eng.) / 1915-17. Albert William Savage -

It is important to remember those ‘Other Anzacs’ who were an integral part of New Zealand's war effort but who are often overlooked - the First World War nursing sisters of New Zealand.

Approximately 500 New Zealand nurses were with the New Zealand Army and worked long hours in harsh circumstances trying to mitigate the physical and emotional damage caused by warfare on an industrial scale. Some lost their lives and many came home with their own health impaired by the working conditions of the war.

A unique commemorative voyage is being organised by New Zealand nurse historian Clare Ashton in September 2015 to remember the nursing sisters who worked in and around the Aegean caring for the casualties of the Gallipoli Campaign. Clare is a an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Sydney where she is working to find out more about the lives of the Kiwi nursing sisters after the war.

This eight day voyage sails from Athens, visiting Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Lemnos, Canakkale (the port for the Gallipoli Peninsula) and finishing in Istanbul. MS Serenissima, is a small well-appointed vessel, ideal for a special interest group. On board Christine Hallett, UK Professor of Nursing History, Manchester University, will be talking about  new insights into the nursing care of the First World War sick and injured. Although the voyage focuses of the experiences of the nurses, it will appeal to anyone interested in the care of the casualties of the First World War.

A highlight for New Zealanders will be casting a wreath at the site of the wreck of the ill-fated troop ship Marquette. New Zealand’s Stationary Hospital was on board the Marquette when the ship was torpedoed on 23 October 1915. Ten New Zealand Army nurses were amongst those who died and they are remembered at Mikra Cemetery in modern Thessaloniki, a memorial to all those lost at sea in the Mediterranean during the war.

The voyage departs from Athens on 31 August 2015 and is priced from USD$3600 pp (NZ prices available). Berths are limited. Contact info@wildearth-travel.com or for more information.

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The Marquette
Nurses riding camels in Egypt, during World War 1. Willis, Ida Grace :Photographs of NZEF in Samoa and Belgium. Ref: 1/2-148832-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
New Zealand nurses on board the Rotorua, during World War I. Commons family :Assorted negatives, photographs and postcards relating to the Commons family. Ref: PAColl-0321-001. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
This activity is being worked on from
31 August 2015
 to 
2015
Date added: 24 April 2015 | Last updated: 24 February 2016
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