Lt Nancy Florence Macqueen (Shepherd)

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Born in Hobart, Tasmania on 10th April, 1917. In 1922, when she was 5, she and her family went by ship to Sydney and lived in Cremorne.  She was educated at various local schools including SCEGGS  Darlinghurst up until 1933.
She wanted to go nursing and did voluntary work at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Fortunately, at the time, she discovered a job notice in the newspaper for an experienced nurse at St Hellen's Hospital at Chatswood so she applied and got the job. She did her Nursing training from 1936 to 1940 at Prince Alfred Hospital with the 4th Preliminary Training School. Sister Macqueen was asked to stay on staff and was given a big ward to administer.

 

In March 1942 she joined up with the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) and was sent to the Sydney Showground where many soldiers were in training. She had various postings in and around Sydney: Ingleburn the School of Artillery at Randwick and the Camp  Hospital on Dramalbon Rd in Bellevue Hill.
 

In 1943 she moved to the 2/5th Australian General Hospital (2/5 AGH) and saw service in Port Moresby in PNG and on the Borneo island of Morotai, and stayed there until the end of the War  in 1945. She was then sent to Manilla in the Philippines with six other nurses to watch over the POWs arriving from Japan and Hong Kong. She flew back home to Sydney in October 1945 and then spent the rest of her time in the Army at the Military Hospital in Punchbowl until January 1947 when she was discharged.

She married Ord Shepherd in 1947.

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Jean McDonald