It all began with Florence

Florence Nightingale is regarded as the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence during the Crimean War.

The involvement of Australian women as nurses in war began in 1898 with the formation of the Australian Nursing Service of NSW, from which sixty nurses served in the Boer War.

Australian nurses have been involved in a number of wars, including the Boer War (1899-1902), World War I (1914-1918), World War II (1939-1945), The Koren War (1950-1953), The Vietnam War (1962-1972) and The Gulf War (1990-1881(

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