Memorial to supreme sacrifice, courage and devotion


Australian Service Nurses National Memorial

Author: Faithe Jones

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This memorial is in memory of the Australian Service Nurses. Their supreme sacrifice, courage and devotion were inspiring to those for whom they so willingly risked their lives. Their memory will also be our sacred trust.

This memorial is made of cast glass. Etched and cast into the inner glass walls are text and images, in a timeline sequence, portraying the history and contribution of Australian Service Nursing.

The memorial also includes a collage of historical photographs and extracts from diaries and letters, in the original handwriting. Some panels are blank. This is intentional, reminding of the inconclusive nature of any memorial to an ongoing Service group.

The memorial is distinctly horizontal and the form of the interlocking glass walls represents nurturing hands, symbolic of nursing.

It is a contemplative space surrounded with rosemary for remembrance completes the memorial. Among values reflected in the memorial are those of human dignity and worth, dedication in bringing succour and care, commitment beyond self, courage, companionship and fortitude.

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