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Matron Grace Wilson on Lemnos. Image courtesy of Australia War Memorial

Archival snapshot: war emergency nurses

 A nurse is a gift sent from above In 1915 there was increased need for nurses to help with the war effort so nurses were asked to sign up as “war emergency nurses” in the military hospitals.  When these nurses signed up as “war emergency nurses”,   they could not have imagined that the register which authenticates their […]

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Albert Street in Sebastopol, 1866, State Library of Victoria, Accession no. H2967.

Celebrating 150 Years of Sebastopol, Victoria, 1864 to 2014

Sebastopol was a long, thin, little township, strung out along the gold mines between Buninyong in the south and Ballarat, the bustling town just over Rubicon Street, in the north.  Shops and houses shared the township with mines and mullock heaps. On 1 October 1864, the Borough of Sebastopol separated from Buninyong Shire. The first […]

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Eureka gets an online facelift

The Eureka Stockade was an eruption of suppressed anger on the Ballarat goldfields in 1854, and remains an ongoing symbol of popular protest. Arising out of an unpopular licensing scheme, the rebellion resulted in a set of even more unpopular show trials that failed to convict any of those charged.   The records that the […]

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