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Biographical entry Bullwinkel, Vivian (1915 - 2000)

AO, MBE, ARRC, ED, FNM, FRCNA

Born
18 December 1915
Kapunda, South Australia, Australia
Died
3 July 2000
Occupation
Nurse and Health administrator

Summary

Vivian Bullwinkel volunteered for the Australian Army Nursing Service in May 1941 and sailed to Singapore. She survived 'The Bangka Island Massacre,' where she was shot in the back and pretended to be dead until the Japanese soldiers left. She spent more than three years a prison camp. After the War, Bullwinkel was Matron of Melbourne's Fairfield Hospital for sixteen years, retiring to Perth in 1977.

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Manners, Norman G., Bullwinkel: the true story of Vivian Bullwinkel, a young Army nursing sister, who was the sole survivor of a World War Two massacre by the Japanese, Hesperian Press, Carlisle, WA, 1999, 239 pp. Details
  • Murray, James, Lifework: Heroes of Australian Health, Focus Publishing for [Medical Benefits Fund of Australia Ltd], Edgecliff, NSW, 1997, 160 pp. Details

Online Resources

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