Journals, photographs and employment reference belonging to Sister Evelyn Percy Wright, 1917-1920

Journals, photographs and employment reference belonging to Sister Evelyn Percy Wright, 1917-1920
Historical note: 

Enlisting for service on 23 April 1915 in Sydney, Murrurrundi-born nurse Evelyn Wright had previously worked as a nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children. Embarking overseas on 15 May 1915, Sister Wright served continuously at hospitals and clearing stations in England and France until the Armistice was signed in November 1918. She served in the Australian Army Nursing Service.

After the fighting ceased, Wright was attached to No. 44 and No. 3 Casualty Clearing Stations as they conducted their retiring sweep through France and occupied Germany; the latter where Wright helped nurse victims suffering pneumonic influenza.

Evelyn Wright eventually returned to Australia in late 1919, living and working on her family’s farm at Tamworth from the 1930s. She died while still living on the farm in 1985 at the age of 103.

These objects complement a previous donation that includes letters written by Evelyn Wright while serving in Europe and a photo album from the period.

Category: 
Diaries and personal papers
Themes: 
Australian Army Nursing Service
Conflict: 
First World War (1914-18)
Production Date: 
1917-1920

On this day

On this day
2 October

1918 — HMAS SWAN and HMAS WARREGO provided escorts for British light cruisers and participated in the bombardment of the Austrian naval base at DURAZZO, Albania

1943 — 9th Division captured FINSCHHAFEN, New Guinuea. FINSCHHAFEN then became the base for the protracted Huon Peninsula campaign of 1943-44