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Interview with Betty Lawrence
Title : Interview with Betty Lawrence Interview with Betty Lawrence
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Creator : Lawrence, Betty
Source : South Australians at War Oral History Project
Date of creation : 2002
Additional Creator : Linn, Rob
Format : Oral History
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Betty Irene Lawrence, nee Crocker, was born at Waikerie, South Australia. In 1941, aged 16, Betty began her nurse training in Broken Hill, New South Wales. Following an appointment as Sister in Charge at the Northfield Infectious Diseases Hospital in Adelaide, Betty joined the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps, and in 1951 she was the first South Australian nurse to enlist for the Korean War. Betty speaks of her childhood; her experiences in Japan and Korea as a member of the RAANC contributing to the United Nations operations; community attitudes to the contributions of Australian service personnel to the Korean conflict; and of her life with her husband, Bill, and their contribution to the community of Red Cliffs, Victoria.

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Lawrence, Betty

Australia. Army. Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps

Period : 1946-1979
Further reading :
Bassett, Jan. Guns and brooches: Australian Army nursing from the Boer War to the Gulf War. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1992
Cochrane, Peter. Australians at war. Sydney: ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2001
Evans, Ben. Out in the cold: Australia's involvement in the Korean War 1950-53. Canberra, A.C.T.: Australian War Memorial and Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, 2000
McCormack, Gavan. Cold war, hot war: an Australian perspective on the Korean war. Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1983
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