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Interview with Dora Woods [sound recording] Interviewer: Beth M. Robertson

Item Title
Interview with Dora Woods [sound recording] Interviewer: Beth M. Robertson
From
Army Nurses of the Great War; J. D. Somerville Oral History Collection
Repository
State Library of South Australia
Reference
OH 47/1
Date Range
December 1980 - April 1981
Creator
Woods, Dora (1887 - 1987)
Description

2 hours 30 minutes

Dora Woods' father was nephew and partner of Charles Birks; family moved to communal settlement Murtho on the River Murray 1893-99; educated at Adelaide High School and Advanced School for Girls; trained at Children's Hospital 1909-1912; left Adelaide in 1912 to do private nursing and maternity training at Faraday Maternity Hospital Edinburgh for 6 months; 1914 to Broken Hill Hospital in surgical wards and theatre; working with her brother who was a doctor; joined the AANS and spent 5 months at Keswick; left for overseas on 26 December 1916; went to an English hospital in France; worked at a casualty clearing station; Rouen and Boulogne; war experience; stayed in France 5 months after the war ended looking after the sick and was in the last group to leave Boulogne; in London for 4 months and then back to Australia; shipboard romance; private nursing in Adelaide; age 31 met and married Bob Woods a returned English soldier and stove maker; nursing after her marriage; 6 pounds a week for private nursing.

Quantity
3 cassette tapes
Access
No restrictions on access
Finding Aid

Full transcript available (11 pages)

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