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Biographical entry Best, Kathleen Annie Louise (1910 - 1957)


28 August 1910
Summer Hill, New South Wales, Australia
15 November 1957
Richmond, Victoria, Australia


Kathleen Best undertook nursing training at the Western Suburbs Hospital, Sydney, and midwifery training at the Women's Hospital, Crown Street, Sydney. Best became a staff nurse at Wyong Hospital, acting-matron at the Rachel Forster Hospital for Women and Children, Sydney, and later deputy-matron of the Masonic Hospital, Ashfield. In 1940 she was appointed to the Australian Army Nursing Service, serving in the Middle East until 1942. Best was the founding Director of the Australian Women's Army Corps. She was appointed as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military) in 1956.



May 1940
Career position - Australian Army Nursing Service and posted as matron of the 2nd/5th Australian General Hospital
Award - Royal Red Cross (RRC) received
1942 - 1943
Career position - Controller in the Australian Army Medical Women's Service
1943 - 1944
Career position - Assistant Adjutant-General of Women's Services
1944 - 1949
Career position - Assistant Director of the Re-establishment Division of the Department of Post-War Reconstruction
1951 - 1957
Career position - Founding Director of the Australian Women's Army Corps
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military) (OBE)

Archival resources

Australian War Memorial Research Centre

  • Lieutenant Colonel Kathleen Best, Portrait, 1944, ART22216; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Biographical cuttings on Colonel Kathleen Best, Director of the Women's Royal Australian Army Corps 1951-1957, Cuttings Files BIOG; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Ollif, Lorna, Colonel Best and her soldiers: the story of the 33 years of the Women's Royal Australian Army Corps (Hornsby, New South Wales: Ollif Publishing Company, 1985), 250 pp. Details

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See also

  • Alexander, John A. ed., Who's Who in Australia 1944, vol. 12 (Melbourne: The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, 1944), 906 pp. Details

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