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Biographical entry Burchill, Dora Elizabeth (Elizabeth) (1904 - 2003)

OAM

Born
4 January 1904
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
Died
3 December 2003
Croydon, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Nurse, Historian and Author

Summary

Elizabeth Burchill worked as a nurse in many diverse locations, including England, Canada, the USA, New Guinea and Thursday Island. She has written several books about her nursing experience, including Thursday Island Nurse and The Paths I've Trod.

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Events

1930 - 1932
Career position - Australian Inland Mission in Innamincka, South Australia
1937
Career position - Member of Ambulance Unit from London at the Spanish Civil War
1938
Career position - Grenfell Mission in Labrador, Canada
1940 - 1946
Career position - Served in the Middle East and Australia with the Australian Army Nursing Service, Australian Imperial Force (AIF)
1946
Career position - Writer and broadcaster at 3SR in Shepparton, Victoria
1952 - 1956
Career position - Nursing work in Darwin
1958 - 1960
Career position - Nursing work in Thursday Island
1961 - 1963
Career position - Nursing work in New Guinea
1965 - 1967
Career position - Nursing work in England
1969 - 1971
Career position - Nursing work in the USA
1970
Career position - Nursing work in Canada
1998
Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) received

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Biographical cuttings on Elizabeth Burchill, writer, Cuttings Files BIOG; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • Papers of Dora Elizabeth Burchill, 1931 - 1960, D 5541; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Burchill, Elizabeth, New Guinea Nurse, Rigby, Adelaide, 1967, 151 pp. Details
  • Burchill, Elizabeth, Innamincka, Rigby, Adelaide, 1969, 173 pp. Details
  • Burchill, Elizabeth, Thursday Island Nurse, Rigby, Adelaide, 1972, 139 pp. Details
  • Burchill, Elizabeth, The Paths I've Trod, Spectrum Publications, Melbourne, 1981, 250 pp. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Hudson, Susan, 'A dedicated nurse who practised around the world', The Age (Melbourne), Elizabeth Burchill obituary, 26 January 2004. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Herd, Margaret (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 2002, 38 edn, Crown Content, Melbourne, 2001, 2020 pp. Details

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