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  • International Women’s Day

    To celebrate International Women’s Day we are sharing the story of six women who have in their own lifetime seized opportunities, used their talents and harnessed their passion to make this world a better place for us all. Their inspiring stories represent the countless stories of the women in our care.

    We hope you enjoy the stories of Mavis, Narelle, Anne, Una, June and Emily below.

  • Emily McNamara’s Story

    Emily McNamara was born 100 years ago on the 5th February 1919. From the age of six she has lived in the Lismore area of Far North NSW where she has been a lifelong contributor to the local community. She has been a volunteer with St Vincent’s de Paul for 42 years, is the longest […]

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  • Una Keast’s Story

    As a young nurse keen for adventure, Una Keast signed up to serve as soon as war was declared in 1939. She didn’t have to wait long, sailing with the 2/5th Australian General Hospital (AGH) to the Middle East in 1940. During the course of WWII Una nursed under canvas in the warzones of Greece […]

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  • June Smith’s Story

    Born in 1922, June can clearly remember watching the Sydney Harbour Bridge being built from her house in Cremorne Junction. Preferring the fresh air and outdoors to the rigors of the classroom and the drudgery of office work, June signed up with the Volunteer Aid Detachment as soon as war was declared. In 1944 she […]

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  • Archdeacon (EM) Anne Ranse OAM’s Story

    In 1969, aged 22 and with only one year of nursing experience under my belt, I went remote area nursing to the mining town of Coober Pedy with the Bush Church Aid Society. My mother was horrified but I knew it was the right thing to do. I was excited by the thought of using […]

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  • Narelle Townsend’s Story

    Narelle Townsend has travelled the world for her career, following her passions and interests in architecture and “housing the world”. As one of Australia’s first female architects she learned to ignore any hindrances and to press on regardless. Narelle was the first female architect within the United Nations, where she worked for over 20 years. […]

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  • Mavis Wheeler’s Story

    In 1941 Mavis Wheeler was one of only six women hand-picked by the Royal Australian Air Force to test their skills as telegraphists. With more and more men required in the Pacific war zone, the RAAF tested the theory that women might be just as capable as men at the exacting and critical task of […]

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