Matron – Colonel Kathleen Best – OBE - RRC

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Kathleen Best enlisted in the Australian Army on the 30 May 1940 – and served with distinction until her discharge on 2 September 1944

 

The Gates, erected as a commemoration of her life, hold a place of Honour at the Royal Military College - Duntroon

 

Kathleen Best was a first achiever:

  • The youngest Matron to serve in the Australian Army Nursing Service

  • Served in Greece as Matron of the 2/5 Australian General Hospital

  • The first Australian to be awarded the Royal Red Cross [RRC]

  • First Controller of the Australian Army Medical Womens Service

  • Became the first woman officer to become Assistant Adjutant for Womens Services.

  • Appointed in 1951 as founding Director of WRAAC [Womens Royal Auxiliary Army Corps]

 

Kathleen Best
Kathleen Best
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Formal Attire
Formal Attire
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Colonel Best
Colonel Best
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Gate Plaque
Gate Plaque
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Sydney Dedication
Sydney Dedication
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Funeral
Funeral
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The Parade
The Parade
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Farewell Matron
Farewell Matron
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Her Story
Her Story
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Matron Best Gates - Canberra
Matron Best Gates - Canberra
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Matron Best Gates
Matron Best Gates
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Right side
Right side
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Left Side
Left Side
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Matrons Book Case
Matrons Book Case
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