ANZAC Girls (2014): S01E05 – Mateship


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.


Hilda is working as theatre nurse, reluctantly takes over from anaesthetist and proves herself capable. Dooley catches up with Olive at the Trois Arbres field station; there is a gas attack and not enough masks for everyone – they improvise; Dooley proposes and she accepts. Hilda and Alice are among those who get anaesthetics training – Hilda tops the class; then orders come through that Australian nurses are not to do surgery, but being a New Zealander she is exempt. Alice refuses to accept Harry is dead, finally receives confirmation, contemplates suicide but is comforted by Hilda. Dooley is seriously wounded but thanks to Olive he gets surgery where another would have been classed beyond saving. He is repatriated and Olive volunteers for service on hospital ship bound for Australia. There is a reunion: Elsie had joined the Red Cross, who didn’t mind that she was married, hence was able to serve in France. Alice and Hilda volunteer for duty at the Casualty Clearing Station, closer to the Front.

ANZAC Nurses Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 07 September 2014.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: Australia.
  • Language: English.

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