Photographs of nurses in the 1920s

Photographs of nurses in the 1920s

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MJ Giles Collection


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These black-and-white photographs, developed from glass negatives circa 1920s, originate from the Willoughby District Historical Society, formerly the McLean family residence on Havilah Street, Chatswood. One photograph, measuring 16.8 x 10.8 cm, depicts two nurses diligently mixing medicines. The other photograph, sized 12.2 x 16.8 cm, shows two nurses meticulously cleaning in an operating theatre. The photographers for both images remain unknown.

Physical description

“Photograph. Black and white developed from glass negatives.
Left shows two nurses mixing medicines, original size 16.8 x 10.8cm, photographer unknown.
Right show two nurses cleaning in an operating theatre, original size 12.2 x 16.8cm, photographer unknown.”

Statement of significance

These photographs are significant historical artifacts that offer a rare glimpse into the daily operations and dedication of nurses in the 1920s, possibly from the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (RAHC). Originating from the Willoughby District Historical Society, these images not only document the medical practices of the era but also highlight the crucial role of nurses in healthcare. Their provenance from the former McLean family residence in Chatswood adds a layer of local heritage value, preserving the legacy of medical history within the community.



Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children


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