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Burchill, Dora (Elizabeth) (1904 - 2003)

OAM, BA, MA, Blitt, RN, RM, IWC, Hon. DNursing

Born
4 January 1904
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
Died
3 December 2003
Occupation
Nurse, Author and Historian

Summary

The daughter of Alholstane Chase and Rosina (née Sherrin), Elizabeth Burchill completed her education at the Camberwell State School and the Ladies Business College, Melbourne, as well as at Melbourne and Monash Universities.

Before World War II Burchill worked at the Australian Inland Mission, Innamincka, Labrador, Grenfell Mission, and was a member of the British Ambulance Unit, caring for refugee children during the Spanish Civil War. She enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service on 21 December 1939 and was one of the first nurses from Victoria to go to the Middle East with the 2nd Australian Imperial Force in 1940. After the war she combined nursing with writing - particularly about the area in which she had nursed. Her publications include Australian Nurses since Nightingale: 1860-1990, a largely biographical history published in 1992.

On 8 June 1998, Sister Elizabeth Burchill was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to nursing, particularly as an historian, author and philanthropist. Also she has won the Jessie Lichfield Annual Award and the Veterans' Affairs Writers Award.

Details

Events

1929
Certificates in General Nursing from the Prince Henry Hospital, Melbourne
1930
Certificate in Midwifery from the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne
1930 - 1932
Nursing at the Australian Inland Mission, Innamincka
1933
Certificate in Infant Welfare from the Tweddle Baby Hospital, Melbourne
1937
Member of the British Ambulance Unit, caring for refugee children during the Spanish Civil War
1938
Nursing at Labrador
1938
Postgraduate study, diseases of the chest, from the Brompton Hospital, London
1940 - 1946
Captain for the Australian Army Nursing Service, 2nd AIF
1946
Publication Labrador memories
1946 - 1947
Chief woman announcer at 3SR Radio, Shepparton, Victoria
1952 - 1956
Charge sister and nursing sister for the Department of Health, Darwin, Northern Territory
1958 - 1960
Nursing at Thursday Island
1960
Publication Innamincka
1961 - 1963
Nursing in New Guinea
1965 - 1967
Nursing in Europe
1969 - 1971
Nursing in United States of America and Canada
1970
Publication New Guinea Nurse
1972 - 1976
Member, Fellowship of Australian Writers
1972 - 1977
Foundation member of the Maroondah Singers
1974
Publication Thursday Island Nurse
1975
Winner Short Story Award from the Army Repatriation Project
1981
Publication The Paths I've trod
1981
Bachelor Arts from Monash University
1992
Publication Australian nurses since Nightingale: 1860-1990

Sources used to compile this entry: De Micheli, Catherine and Herd, Margaret (eds), Who's Who in Australia 2003, 39 edn, Crown Content, North Melbourne, 2003, 2201 pp; Lofthouse, Andrea (ed.), Who's Who of Australian Women, Methuen Australia, North Ryde (NSW), 1982, 504 pp.

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National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room

  • [Biographical cuttings on Sister Elizabeth Burchill]; National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room. Details

Anne Heywood

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