Local, Independant and Effective
August 03, 2018

$3475 to recognise local nurses’ World War One service

Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has congratulated the Mansfield Historical Society for its work in securing a $3475 grant.

The money will go towards creating a memorial garden with plaques and a timber chair to recognise five local nurses who served in World War I. Mansfield Historical Society secretary, Sue Gardner said the project would raise the profile of women from the Mansfield District who served in the war.

“There were five local nurses who served in WWI: Agnes King, Ethel Forsyth (G.M.), Margery Lester, Florence Forsyth, and Mabel Justice. There are a lot of memorials for all the wonderful men who went to war and we wanted to create a memorial for the nurses,” Ms Gardner said.

“Steve Evans (Mansfield) will be building the chair for us from local timber as an in-kind donation. We are working with Mansfield Hospital to find an appropriate location.”

Ms McGowan said she was looking forward to seeing the completed project.

“Sue Gardner, Ann Ware and Ian Geer from the Historical Society made a strong application. The grant will help to create a lasting legacy to the nurses from Mansfield who served during WWI,” Ms McGowan said.

The grants were approved by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester as part of the Armistice Centenary Grant Program, which allocates up to $50,000 for projects in each Federal electorate.

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