The life of Lucy Osburn, Australia’s premier nurse

by Gaith Bader - Published on: 6 September 2006
Categories: New releases
Published on: 6 September 2006

Book cover for The life of Lucy Osburn, Australia's premier nurse

Lucy Osburn, the founder of modern, lay nursing in Australia and friend of Henry Parkes, battled with surgeons, was vilified by the press, became the subject of a Royal Commission, was embroiled in a royal shooting and ultimately rejected by her heroine, Florence Nightingale.

In a new book about Osburn, Judith Godden, historian and senior lecturer in the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health, paints a picture of the early colony grappling with very modern problems: professional women’s fight for status, power struggles in the workplace and media scandals.

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