• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE0572

Lang, Margaret Irene

(1893 – 1983) Matrol Margaret Lang, OBE
  • Born 23 May, 1893, Oxley Victoria Australia
  • Died 31 December, 1983, Canterbury Victoria Australia
  • Occupation Matron, Nurse


Margaret Lang was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8 June 1950 for service with the Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service. Lang was the founder and Matron-in-Chief of the Service during World War II. She had completed her training at Wangaratta District Hospital and the Women’s Hospital (later Royal), Melbourne. During World War I Lang served in Salonika with the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS). Other positions she held included being a Matron of a number of Victorian country hospitals, the Police Hospital and the Talbot Epileptics Colony in Clayton, Victoria.

Published resources

  • Edited Book
    • Who's Who in Australia 1944, Alexander, Joseph A, 1944
  • Book Section
    • World War II : Nursing Services, Jacobson, Gwendoline
  • Resource
  • Book
    • Story of the RAAF nursing service : 1940-1990, Halstead, Gay., 1994

Archival resources

  • Australian War Memorial, Research Centre
    • Portrait of Miss Margaret Irene Lang, founder of the RAAF Nursing Service
    • Matron Margaret Lang
  • National Library of Australia
    • [Biographical cuttings on Margaret Lang, nursing administrator, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]

Digital resources

Related entries

  • Related Organisations
    • Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) (1902 - 1948)
  • Director
    • Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service (RAAFNS) (1940 - )