• Entry type: Organisation
  • Entry ID: AWE0976

New South Wales Bush Nursing Association

(From 1911 – 1975)
  • Occupation Membership organisation


The New South Wales Bush Nursing Association was formed in 1911 on the initiative of Lady Dudley, wife of the Australian Governor-General. She enlisted the support of the National Council of Women in her strategy to organise an effective nursing service in rural areas. Under vice-regal patronage the Association was assured of success, with the state government providing the first subsidy in 1912. It was disbanded in 1975 when the Health Commission took over management of the Bush Nursing Centres and most were converted to Community Health Centres.

Published resources

  • Journal
    • Australian bush nursing journal, 1956-
    • Annual report, N.S.W. Bush Nursing Association, 1912-1974
  • Booklet
    • Memorandum of association and articles of association of the N.S.W. Bush Nursing Association., N.S.W. Bush Nursing Association, 1939?
  • Resource

Archival resources

  • Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection
    • N.S.W. Bush Nursing Association records and pictorial material, 1911-1975
    • Papers, 1937-1944 relating to the service of Ray Alberta Cross with the New South Wales Bush Nursing Association; with newspaper cutting
    • Nicholas Enright - printed material, 1924-1936; 1959-1989

Related entries

  • Related Women
    • Cross, Ray Alberta
    • Egan, Katherine Rose (1861 - 1951)
  • Membership
    • Muscio, Florence Mildred (1882 - 1964)