Muriel Knox Doherty’s Royal Red Cross 1st Class Medal

Muriel Knox Doherty’s Royal Red Cross 1st Class Medal

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Doherty Collection


Fabric, Metal


Muriel Knox Doherty’s Royal Red Cross 1st Class medal awarded in January 1945 for her services to the RAAF Nursing Service

Muriel Knox Doherty, RRC (19 July 1896 – 29 September 1988) was an Australian nurse who served as a matron in the Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service during the Second World War and then as a member of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

Doherty was one of the founders of the New South Wales College of Nursing (now part of the Australian College of Nursing) in 1949. The other three were Agnes Mary Lions, Margaret Frances Guy and Georgina McCready.

Physical description

A cross, enameled red, and edged with gold, with a circular medallion at its centre.

Statement of significance

The red cross award is awarded to a fully trained nurse of an officially recognised nursing service, military or civilian, who has shown exceptional devotion and competence in the performance of nursing duties, over a continuous and long period, or who has performed an exceptional act of bravery and devotion at her or his post of duty. It is conferred on members of the nursing services regardless of rank.



Garrard & Co Ltd, Goldsmiths and Jewellers to the King by Special Appointment to the Crown




Muriel Knox Doherty



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