Honour the sacrifices of

our nurses and midwives

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During COVID-19, it's time to remember three nurses who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Spanish flu.

Alice Wyeth. Clara Popple. Hannah Dufton.

Let us never forget their names or bravery, or the bravery of our healthcare workers.

The COVID 19 pandemic reminds us of the risks healthcare workers face as they carry out their life saving work.

The deadly Spanish Flu arrived in Brisbane in 1919 as soldiers returned from the cold and muddy trenches of World War 1. Invaluable antibiotics, which could have prevented unnecessary deaths from secondary infections, were still 13 years away.

Although Queensland authorities prepared, even closing the NSW border, Brisbane was hit hard and so too were frontline healthcare workers, including nurses who worked day and night to care for the many critical patients presenting at hospitals.

Among more than 1000 local deaths were three young nurses from Brisbane Hospital – now known as the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH). Their names were Alice Wyeth, Clara Popple, and Hannah Dufton.

In this International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, please show your support so we can restore their gravestones and create a hospital-based bronze memorial to honour them, and our current and future nurses and midwives.

Hannah is buried in Toowong cemetery and her grave is unmarked. Both Clara and Alice are buried in the South Brisbane cemetery and their grave sites are sadly in disrepair.

Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Alanna Geary, and RBWH Infectious Diseases Director, Dr Krispin Hajkowicz, are leading the fundraising committee for this important memorial.

Their vision is a memorial where RBWH can reflect not only on the sacrifice and bravery of these three nurses, but all nurses and midwives who have lost their lives while working on the healthcare frontline.

Please donate what you can by using the below donation form, or you can make regular contributions through payroll giving.

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