A State of War
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State Library recently acquired a collection of 180 photographs, taken by Queensland nurse, Marion Winifred 'Winnie' Croll, who served in Egypt during the First World War. This collection holds considerable significance for State Library, as Winnie was the wife of Brisbane doctor David Gifford Croll, whose extensive papers are also held in the John Oxley Library collection. (David Croll is also one of the 25 Queenslanders featured in the current Distant Lines exhibition.)
Both Winnie and David Croll served in Egypt – Sister Croll with the 1st Australian General Hospital, and Colonel Croll as the commanding officer of the 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, and later as ADMS of ANZAC Mounted Division.
Winnie enlisted on 11 November 1914, and her service record reveals that her husband was her attesting officer, and her enlistment medical certificate was signed by Dr. Lilian Cooper. She embarked for Egypt on 21 November 1914 on the S.S. Kyarra. This ship contained a vast medical contingent – the staff and equipment of the 1st Australian General Hospital, N°s 1&2 Aust. Stationary Hospitals and N°1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station...
This is an extract from Robyn Hamilton's WW1 blog post.
Read the complete text of Sister Marion Winifred Croll.
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