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The Aegean - in the wake of the WWI Anzac Nursing Sisters 1915-2015

This September 2015 voyage – Athens to Istanbul – remembers New Zealand nurses lost on the Marquette and Australian nurses on Lemnos treating the casualties of the battles of August 1915.

New Zealand nurses on board the Rotorua, April 1915. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington - PAColl-0321-001

In the wake of the WWI Anzac Nursing Sisters 1915-2015
This voyage in September 2015 will remember the Anzac nursing sisters, and look anew at First World War nursing. The journey is being organised on a not-for-profit basis by historians of New Zealand and Australian nursing and it is open to anyone interested in the care of the sick or wounded of the Gallipoli Campaign.
Join the MS Serenissima and Dr Christine Hallett, UK Professor of Nursing History and author of a number of books on First World War nursing, sailing in the wake of the Anzac nursing sisters. Throughout the journey we will learn more of the impact of the war on the lives of those who cared for the sick and injured.
Highlights are:

  • Laying a wreath at the site of the wreck of the Marquette located in 2009
  • Landing in Mudros Harbour on the Greek island of Lemnos

Mudros Harbour on Lemnos was the Naval headquarters of the Gallipoli Campaign. Mudros Harbour is virtually unchanged since 1915. We land at Turks Head the site of the Third Australian General Hospital set up to deal with casualties of the August offensive, the battles we now know as Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine. 
We sail around the Peninsula and see what conditions for the sick and wounded might have been like, evacuated by barge to ships overwhelmed by the numbers of casualties. From Canakkale in Turkey we will visit the main Allied landing sites on the Peninsula and our voyage finishes in Istanbul, the elusive goal of the Gallipoli Campaign.
For more information - contact organiser Clare Ashton [email protected].
For bookings - contact Wild Earth Travel, Christchurch, New Zealand: http://www.wildearth-travel.com/trip/aegean-anzac-nursing-sisters-gallipoli/

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Australian Nursing Sisters, Mudros Harbour, Lemnos 1915 - State Library of New South Wales – ML PXE 698/37a
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31 August 2015
7 September 2015
Date added: 04 January 2014 | Last updated: 31 October 2016