International Women's Day Celebrations
Angels of Augustus - Pioneers of the Living Inland by Stephanie Somerville, will be launched at the Noosa Library on Thursday 8th March at 6.00 pm to celebrate International Women's Day.
In this beautiful period piece, the Australian culture of the 1940s comes to life through the unforgettable experiences of two bold Methodist deaconess nursing sisters.
In 1946, Marjorie Wilkinson and Ethel Helyar arrived in the outback of far west New South Wales and south-western Queensland with nothing but their nursing bags, training to perform baptisms, burials and marriages and an ambulance fondly named 'Augustus'.
With 154 photographs, Angels of Augustus is the poignant and humorous biography of Marjorie and Ethel who forged a new concept of public health care that has developed into today's widespread district nursing services and was the model for the Queensland Blue Nurses.
Promoting a book launch relating to the type of health services available in the Australian outback in the 1940s, will give an insight to how far women's health care has progressed. Angels of Augustus also explores the audacity of the women who established the outback nursing service in an era when women were restricted and limited in making decisions regarding health care.
Stephanie Somerville is a local author who wrote this biography using 1940s diaries, documents, newspaper clippings, photographs and oral histories. Angels of Augustus - Pioneers of the Living Inland will be available at the launch for $29.95, and will come with a complimentary gift.
Bookings are essential as seating is limited. Admission is $6.00 and a light supper is provided. For further information please call the Library on 5442 4411.