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QUESTIONS 1 How did you feel knowing that you were fighting for your country As an army nurse we were not required to fight for our country however to be in uniform and part of the wartime effort was of enormous importance to me 2 What effect did your going off to war have on your family My mother was very pleased that I joined the RAAFNS My brother was a Doctor in the Army and she helped in a Service Canteen and was always knitting for Service People She enjoyed getting our letters Maybe she missed us but I think she was proud of us and very happy when we returned safely I felt sorry for people who were in Reserved Occupations and had to stay at home it was much easier to be where the action was 3 Was there anyone in your Unit who you most admired I admired our Matron in Chief - Miss Margaret Lang She had served in WW1 and later was Matron of the Police Hospital She was asked to form the RAAFNS in 1940 and had to choose suitable people and post them to various places overseas or in Australia She would have enjoyed being where the action was but instead she was behind a desk sending her girls to do all the interesting things I did admire her 4 What were the living conditions like Good Bad Living conditions were different according to where you were posted ie Base Hospitals had Nurses Homes where we all lived and where our laundry was done for us and we were fed well Up North we had huts with 6-8 nurses to the hut No windows just push out openings Iron stretchers one long locker one chair and mozzie nets We did our own laundry We dined at the Officers mess The food sometimes good not always just depending on the supplies When I was posted
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