Nurses form the single largest health group across
the globe and have done so for the past 150 years.
Yet, they are frequently left out of the historical
record. Histories of nursing have often focused on
an institution or organisation. Few look at nursing
work across a single geographical region; even fewer
consider a non-metropolitan context. This book
traces the various modes of nursing work available
during the first half of the 20th century in a
specific region of Australia: Central Queensland.
It analyses nurses and their work within the broader
social and political contexts of whiteness and
welfare, and considers how these influenced the
evolution of nursing services: who the nurses were,
where they worked, and what factors affected their
work. This analysis should be of interest to nurses
seeking to understand their past a little better;
and to social historians seeking to uncover the
place of women working in health industries.