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Durdin, Dorothy (Joan) (1922 - )

AM, FRCNA, Duniv

Born
16 May 1922
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Nurse, Educator and Historian

Summary

Joan Durdin, author of They Became Nurses: A History of Nursing in South Australia, 1836-1980 (1991) and Eleven Thousand Nurses: A History of Nursing Education at the Royal Adelaide Hospital 1889-1993 (1999) is a nursing historian and as a nurse educator has contributed much to the advancement of nursing through the development of advanced education in the higher education sector. In addition to her ten year's teaching at Royal Adelaide Hospital she spent six years as a nurse educator in Papua New Guinea. She conducted extensive oral history interviews for the Royal Adelaide Hospital Heritage and History Committee, 1991-1998. Durdin is commemorated by the Joan Durdin Oration, an annual event initiated and sponsored by the Department of Clinical Nursing at the University of Adelaide.

Archival resources

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • Interview with Marlienne Thomson [sound recording] Interviewer: Joan Durdin, OH 17/15; Durdin, Dorothy (Joan) (1922 - ); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

Helen Morgan

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