The Alliance has commemorated the important role that alumnae of girls’ schools played in the First World War in its most recent edition of In Alliancemagazine. The stories of alumnae from Presbyterian Ladies’ College (VIC), Methodist Ladies’ College (VIC), MLC School (NSW), Brisbane Girls Grammar School (QLD), SCEGGS Darlinghurst (NSW), Christchurch Girls’ High School (NZ), Abbotsleigh (NSW) and Kincoppal-Rose Bay School (NSW) are featured in the magazine, however alumnae from another twelve member schools are now also included in the Alliance’s database of over 200 alumnae who served as nurses, doctors and masseuses, and as drivers and nursing orderlies with the Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs).
Stories included in In Alliance include that of Lynette Crozier from MLC School (pictured above), a ‘Bluebird’ nurse who nursed wounded French soldiers at a mobile hospital south-west of Amiens. Other outstanding alumnae include Dr Jessie Scott from Christchurch Girls’ High School, a doctor and surgeon with the Scottish Women’s Hospital in Serbia, the Serbian Army and the British Royal Medical Corps, and Olive King, a graduate of SCEGGS Darlinghurst who bought a truck which she customised as a field ambulance and drove throughout Belgium, Serbia and Salonika transporting patients, medical staff and civilians.
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Image acknowledgement: Australian War Memorial P01790.001.