The Anzac Girls

The extraordinary story of our World War I nurses

Peter Rees
AUD $22.99

The harrowing, dramatic and profoundly moving story of the Australian and New Zealand nurses who served in the Great War. Now a major six-part television series.

By the end of the Great War, forty-five Australian and New Zealand nurses had died on overseas service and over two hundred had been decorated. These were the women who left for war looking for adventure and romance but were soon confronted with challenges for which their civilian lives could never have prepared them. Their strength and dignity were remarkable.

Using diaries and letters, Peter Rees takes us into the hospital camps and the wards, and the tent surgeries on the edge of some of the most horrific battlefronts of human history. But he also allows the friendships and loves of these courageous and compassionate women to shine through and enrich our experience.

Profoundly moving, Anzac Girls is a story of extraordinary courage and humanity shown by a group of women whose contribution to the Anzac legend has barely been recognised in our history. Peter Rees has changed that understanding forever.

Author bio:

Peter Rees has been a journalist for forty years, working as federal political correspondent for the Melbourne Sun, the West Australian and the Sunday Telegraph. He is the author of The Boy from Boree Creek: The Tim Fischer Story (2001), Tim Fischer's Outback Heroes (2002), and Killing Juanita: A true story of murder and corruption (2004), which was a winner of the 2004 Ned Kelly Award for Australian crime writing, as well as Desert Boys: Australians at war from Beersheba to Tobruk and El Alamein and Lancaster Men: The Aussie heroes of Bomber Command (2013). He lives in Canberra and is currently writing a biography of Charles Bean.

Category: History
ISBN: 9781760293291
Awards: Short-listed Ernest Scott Prize, 2009 AU; Short-listed ACT Book,the Year 2009 AU
Table Of Contents: Author's note



1 The big adventure

2 Relative relations

3 Different rules

4 The prelude

5 Gallipoli

6 Blooded

7 Not much comfort to a mother

8 Heartily sick of it

9 The Kiwis arrive

10 None of the old smallness in it

11 Broken bodies

12 Tears in the dark

13 The shabby sisters


14 Alone in the Aegean

15 'We thought they would let us die!'

16 No time for mock modesty

17 The price of sacrifice


18 The first Anzac service

19 Waiting for Harry

20 Harry's letter

21 Grasping for hope

22 The chill of war

23 No place to hide

24 Bombs and basins

25 Desolation

26 Survival

27 Gifts for France

28 Conscription

29 It's something big, Sister

30 The struggle ends

31 The fifth New Year

32 The aftermath

Australian World War I nurses honour roll

New Zealand World War I nurses honour roll




Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: March 2016
Page Extent: 384
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: History