ANZAC Girls (2014): S01E02 – Duty


ANZAC Girls is an Australian television drama series that first screened on ABC1 on 10 August 2014.

The true stories of extraordinary young women who witness the brutality and heroism of war and rise to meet the challenge.


Matron Wilson and Olive and are among the nurses sent from Cairo to the island of Lemnos to establish a forward field hospital, to care for the less severely wounded from Gallipoli. They have no shelter and little water, limited supplies and grudging recognition from the Australian Army, as exemplified by Colonel Fiaschi, who would send all women back if he had his way. In Cairo, Elsie learns Syd has been seriously wounded, pleads with Matron Gould for leave to visit him at No.19 B.G.H., Alexandria. She persuades their Matron Oram to get her transferred to the British service, and nurses Syd back to health. Dysentery strikes Lemnos due to flies and lack of sanitation; Matron Jaggard dies and Olive is one of those to suffer, but refuses an offer to be evacuated. She meets an orderly, Pat Dooley, whose company she enjoys.

Having volunteered for the V.D. ward, No.1 A.G.H., Cairo (perhaps Military Infectious Diseases Hospital at Choubra), Alice assists Leopold in giving lectures on prevention to the troops.

ANZAC Nurses Series

You can find a full index and overview of ANZAC Nurses here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 17 August 2014.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: Australia.
  • Language: English.

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