Fulfilling the Vision : John Flynn's Outback Angels

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Volume II covers Flynn's Angels from 1940-2000. From Jean Auld in the Birdsville Hospital to Lois Hurst taking the children of Halls Creek to meet the Queen Mother in 1957. From Beth Symonds' work with Aboriginal babies in Oodnadatta to Adelaide Miethke's famous 'School of the Air' in the Red Heart. The dedicated work of Fred and Meg McKay. AIM Nurses in the outback, World War II to 2002. The book is not only about high drama and coping with emergency illnesses, it is also about the loyalty and fellowship which transcend privation. There is a potpourri of hilarious stories reported by the nurses in such places as Halls’ Creek, Kununurra, Fitzroy Crossing, Coen and Alice Springs. Jean Auld’s adventures in the Birdsville hospital in the late 1940s encompassed a rat plague, a flood, scabies, emergency childbirth, pulling teeth, preaching and an almost fatal truck explosion. Most touching was Lois Hurse’s work with outback children in a humble hostel at Halls Creek in the 1950s and the delightful story of how these shy outback children visited the Queen Mother in Canberra in 1957. Beth Symonds’ intimate letters home from her AIM posts in Oodnadatta in the ’50s and Coen, in the ’60s evoking her midwifery with Aboriginal girls, her treatment of picanninnies and her desperate attempts to save the sick and the wounded. First published 2002.

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