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June General Meeting

June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Dr Heather Sheard has just launched her new book Women to the Front. And we’re absolutely delighted to have Heather as our guest speaker at our June meeting. She will be presenting her talk first at 2 pm before the NW&DFHG business part of the meeting. Visitors may choose to stay for a cuppa and then leave or stay for the business meeting. $3 entry per adult.
At the outbreak of World War I, 129 women were registered as medical practitioners in Australia, and many of them were eager to contribute their skills and expertise to the war effort. For the military establishment, however, the notion of women doctors serving on the battlefield was unthinkable. Undaunted, at least twenty-four Australian women doctors ignored official military policy and headed to the frontlines. This book explores the stories of the Australian women who served as surgeons, pathologists, anaesthetists and medical officers between 1914 and 1919. Despite saving hundreds of lives, their experiences are almost totally absent from official military records, both in Australia and Great Britain, and many of their achievements have remained invisible for over a century. Until now. Heather Sheard and Ruth Lee have compiled a fascinating and meticulously researched account of the Great War, seen through the eyes of these women and their essential work. From the Eastern to the Western Fronts, to Malta, and to London, we bear witness to the terrible conditions, the horrific injuries, the constant danger, and above all, the skill and courage displayed by this group of remarkable Australians. Women to the Front is a war story unlike any other.
Visitors are always welcome.


June 15
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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0413 182 551


Cranbourne Complex Meeting Room via Casey Radio Entrance
65 Berwick Cranbourne Rd.
Cranbourne, Vic Australia
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