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Biographical entry Nightingale, Florence (1820 - 1910)

15 May 1820
Florence, Italy
13 August 1910
London, England
Nurse and Hospital administrator


Florence Nightingale led a major reforms in hospital nursing in the United Kingdom from the 1850s and was later consulted by foreign governments especially in relation to wartime nursing. Improved sanitation and education were the key elements of her reforms.

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Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Florence Nightingale - Correspondence, 1867-1908, 1867 - 1908, MLMSS 1262; Nightingale, Florence (1820 - 1910); Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Russell, R. Lynette, From Nightingale to Now: Nurse Education in Australia, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Sydney, 1990, 280 pp. Details

Conference Papers

  • Corderey, Cheryl, 'Another Victorian Legacy: Florence Nightingale, Miasmatic Theory and Nursing Practice', in Linda Bryder and Derek Dow (eds), New Countries and Old Medicine: Proceedings of an International Conference on the History of Medicine and Health, Auckland, New Zealand, 1994, Pyramid Press, Auckland, 1995, pp. 298-304. Details

Journal Articles

  • Seaman, Keith, 'Florence Nightingale and the Australian Aborigines', Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, vol. 20, 1992, pp. 90-96. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.