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Thursday, August 8, 2013

The image of the nurse in postcards, photographs, books and film: an exhibition

The image of the nurse in postcards, photographs, books and film: an exhibition
Nursing History Research Unit
School of Nursing, 88 Mallett Street, Camperdown (Uni of Syd)
Exhibition – History Week 2013

Organisation Name: Nursing History Research Unit, University of Sydney
Event Type: Exhibition

When: Tuesday 10 September and Thursday, 12 September 1970  from 10:00 am to 03:00 pm
Where: C1.02, Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney, Camperdown
Cost: General Free
Contact: Noeline Kyle or Lynette Russell, 02 9351 0635 or 0403 868 051,,

Images of the nurse, idealised under the gaze of patients, doctors and community, are widespread in Australian culture and history. This exhibition uses a collection of these images to show how the nurse has been portrayed over time. The images, collected from covers of published books from Australia and overseas, from individual nurses, nursing associations and archives, reflect social and community customs within the times in which they emerged. The display will include copies of books showing how widely the nurse was used in adult and children’s literature throughout the ages. Visitors will also be able to view archival film from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘50s revealing the often difficult working and living conditions of women in bush nursing, district nursing and midwifery.
The exhibition will remain in place for several weeks and may be viewed by the public on Tuesdays or by appointment.
Transport: Buses along Parramatta Road to Mallett Street. Limited street parking on Mallett Street and surrounding areas.


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