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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, OH 644/7
Date of creation : 2002
Additional Creator : Linn, Rob
Format : Oral History
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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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.

Related names :

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

Macdougall, Anthony. Australians at war : a pictorial history, Nobel Park, Vic. : Five Mile Press, 2002

Odgers, George. Remembering Korea : Australians in the war of 1950-1953, Sydney : Lansdowne Publishing, 2000

O'Dowd, Ben. In valiant company, St Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press, 2000

Oppenheimer, Melanie. Australian women and war, Canberra : Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, 2008

Smith, Neil C. Home by Christmas: the Australian Army in Korea 1950-56: being a record of the Australian Army's involvement in the Korean War and listing those who served in Korea 1950-56, Gardenvale, Vic.: Mostly Unsung, 1990

Internet links :

Anzac Day Commemoration Committee (Queensland) See: History: Korea

Australians at War [Department of Veterans' Affairs]: See: The Great Search Stories: Korea

Australian War Memorial See: Australians at War: Australian Military History Overview: Korean War 1950-1953

BBC History - The Cold War - The Korean War overview

Australian Army History Unit [Department of Defence]: See: History & Battles: History Index: The War in Korea 1950-53

Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War [Department of Veterans' Affairs: includes Nominal Roll and History]

Sea Power Centre - Australia: See: History: Feature Articles: RAN in the Korean War

Victorians at War - Oral History project [Department of Veterans' Affairs and State Library of Victoria]: See: Overview: Korea



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