Digitised@SLQ: Medical and Nursing staff of the Lady Lamington Hospital, Brisbane 1908
Recently digitised at State Library is a group photograph of medical and nursing staff at the Lady Lamington Hospital, Brisbane in 1908. We selected this item for digitisation as it contains an image of Dr. Eleanor Bourne, one of the 25 Queenslanders featured in the current Distant Lines: Queensland voices of the First World War exhibition.
Unable to enlist as a female doctor in Australia, Dr. Bourne travelled to Great Britain and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving at Endell Street Military Hospital. You can read more about her wartime service via this blog, or her reminiscence of her time in London during the war.
In the photograph, taken by Brisbane photographer Ada Driver, Dr. Bourne is standing in the middle of the back row, with her head turned, looking to her right. Also in the group are nurses Whittingham, Besley, Clem, Greene and Hildor, Matron Appleton and Sister Donaldson. Doctors include Dr. Peter Bancroft, Sir David Hardie, Dr. Hilton Love and Dr. Lilian Cooper, who was the first female doctor registered in Queensland.
Robyn Hamilton - QANZAC100 Content Curator, State Library of Queensland