In Memory of our Bluebirds

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Our Bluebirds' Story

This year’s Golden Treasure has been named Bluebirds’ Rest in memory of a group of Australian nurses who served during WW1. The “Bluebirds” were twenty Australian civilian nurses and a masseuse who volunteered for service in France during the war.

Recruited through the Australian Red Cross Society, the group’s nickname referred to the colours of their specially-designed uniforms. After arriving in France the nurses were split between different hospitals where they treated wounded and ill soldiers.

They returned to Australia individually following the war and unfortunately they did not receive any medals or veterans’ benefits from the Australian government. While the Bluebirds weren’t enlisted service people, their contribution should never be forgotten and it is hoped they would be proud of the small gesture of appreciation in naming the Golden Treasure prize in their memory.