Cessnock Library hosts talk on Hunter nurses who served in World War I

Sister Kathleen Lillie Doyle

Sister Kathleen Lillie Doyle

LOCAL residents will have the opportunity to hear the tales of the extraordinary Hunter nurses who served in World War I. 

Historian, author and researcher Christine Bramble will share the stories of these brave women, their lives during and after the Great War, at Cessnock Library.

Cessnock City Library's local Studies librarian Kimberly O'Sullivan encouraged local residents to attend the free talk on Wednesday.

"Australian World War I nurses have a remarkable but rarely told story," she said.

"During World War I, these nurses worked in field hospitals, on hospital ships and trains and in casualty clearing stations on front line, attending to thousands of injured men."

Ms Bramble is the author of 'Sisters of the Valley: First World War Nurses from Newcastle and the Hunter Region.'

"They were not silent, their voices were not unheard," Ms O'Sullivan added. 

"The nurses wrote letters home and they kept detailed diaries - these surviving records give a moving account of day-to-day life in a war zone. 

"They reveal first-hand accounts of trauma, bravery and shell-shock."

This free talk is happening on Wednesday, April 17 from 10.30 to 11.30am at Cessnock Library. 

Morning tea will be provided and bookings are essential.

Book online at libraries.cessnock.nsw.gov.au, through the event listing on Cessnock City Library's Facebook page or by calling Cessnock Library on 4993 4399.