Barbara Date

As a young nurse on her first overnight shift at the Royal Children’s Hospital during an outbreak of pneumonia in the 1940s, Barbara had to comfort grieving mothers as well as tend to sick children...

Gwenda Williams

Gwenda and her twin brother never really knew their father. They were only two-and-a-half when he passed away from wounds sustained during World War I...

Glad Williamson

One of four children, it was the height of the Depression when she finished school at 14 but because of her ‘weak heart’, Glad was told she was not fit enough to take on paid work...

Guenter Eck

Fifteen-year-old Guenter was terrified when American troops invaded his hometown of Augsburg at the tail end of World War II...

Margaret Smith

When Margaret was young, she wanted to make up for her lack of experience with children by training as a mothercraft nurse, however World War II disrupted her plans...

Irene McWhirter

As the oldest girl of a farming family with ten children, Irene Macwhirter was in charge of her siblings when her mother was in hospital having babies...