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Jim’s Australiana Spot – 2UE - May 22, 2016


1 A politician who eventually had 21 children wrote to England in 1867 asking for female hospital staff. Who was he?
  Henry Parkes
2 Who did he write to?
  Florence Nightingale
3 Why was nursing at The Coast Hospital especially hard?
  It was the contagious diseases hospital.

• The First Fleet brought 8 surgeons and 2 assistant surgeons - all male.

• In 1838 - five Irish nuns arrived in the colony and two had medical training. They asked to help in any way they could at the Hospital but were sent to the Female Factory at Parramatta. They took 19 years to raise enough money to open St. Vincent's Hospital.

• In 1867 Henry Parkes wrote to Florence Nightingale and asked for help. She sent 6 trained nurses led by Lucy Osborne to work at the Sydney Hospital. They arrived on the Dunbar Castle on 5th March 1868.

• On 12 th March the royal visitor Prince Alfred was shot at Clontarf by the Irishman Henry James O'Farrell.

• Lucy Osbourne nursed him back to health and public funds raised as a memorial to his recovery plus a gift from the prince helped establish the RPA Hospital. He gave the use of his coat of arms to the hospital.






The Red Cross Nurse

When the bugle sounds advance, and it's time to take your chance
When the bullets fly and men are being shot
Though she's never held a gun, we all know that she's the one
Who has the very worst job of the lot.

Red Cross Nurse - she'll ease your pain and thirst
And she'll tend you and pretend she doesn't hear you swear and curse
She'll say you're getting better when you know you're getting worse
But you love her like a mother - Red Cross Nurse.

When you’re lying in your bed, with a buzzing in your head,
And there's a pain across your chest that’s far from nice,
She moves about the place, with a sweet angelic grace,
That makes you think the dingy ward is paradise.

She’s dressed in red and grey, and she doesn’t get much pay,
Yet she never seems to worry or complain.
She’s Australian through and through, with a heart that’s big and true,
When she’s near, the deepest wound forgets to pain.

With her hand upon your head, she remains beside your bed,
Until your worries and your pains begin to go,
Then with fingers true and light, she will bind your wounds up tight,
And when she leaves you’re sleeping fast and breathing low.

When the ward is sleeping sound, she begins her nightly round,
She's gentle and she's caring, but she's tough.
She simply does the best she can, for every wounded man,
Though she knows that she can never do enough.

There is something in her face, that can hold your tongue in place,
When you’d curse because your wounds refuse to heal.
But if once you get her cross, you will find out who's the boss,
Though she always seems to know just how you feel.

When you’re once again yourself, and they take you off the shelf,
And send you back again to where the fighting's thick,
You’ll just grip her by the hand, with a look she’ll understand.
While you smile and curse your wound for healing quick.

She’s a queen without a throne, and her sceptre is her own
True woman’s smile and sympathy so sweet.
So when guns no longer shoot, I’ll spring to the salute
Every time I pass a sister in the street.


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