Burchill, Elizabeth (1908-2003)

Also known as
Burchill, Dora, (OAM, BA, MA, Blitt, RN, RM, IWC, Hon. DNursing) (1904-2003)
Burchill, Dora (1908-2003)
Burchill, Dora Elizabeth, (OAM) (1904-2003)
Burchill, Dora Elizabeth (1904-2003)
Burchill, Dora Elizabeth (1908-2003)
Burchill, Elizabeth (1904-2003)
Field of activity
Nurse; Author; Historian
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35023735
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-458899

Biographies

The daughter of Alholstane Chase and Rosina (née Sherrin), Elizabeth Burchill completed her education at the Camberwell State School and the Ladies Business College, Melbourne, as well as at Melbourne and Monash Universities. Before World War II Burchill worked at the Australian Inland Mission, Innamincka, Labrador, Grenfell Mission, and was a member of the British Ambulance Unit, caring for refugee children during the Spanish Civil War. She enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service on 21 December 1939 and was one of the first nurses from Victoria to go to the Middle East with the 2nd Australian Imperial Force in 1940. After the war she combined nursing with writing - particularly about the area in which she had nursed. Her publications include , a largely biographical history published in 1992. On 8 June 1998, Sister Elizabeth Burchill was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to nursing, particularly as an historian, author and philanthropist. Also she has won the Jessie Lichfield Annual Award and the Veterans' Affairs Writers Award.

  • Certificates in General Nursing from the Prince Henry Hospital, Melbourne
  • Certificate in Midwifery from the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne
  • Nursing at the Australian Inland Mission, Innamincka
  • Certificate in Infant Welfare from the Tweddle Baby Hospital, Melbourne
  • Member of the British Ambulance Unit, caring for refugee children during the Spanish Civil War
  • Nursing at Labrador
  • Postgraduate study, diseases of the chest, from the Brompton Hospital, London
  • Captain for the Australian Army Nursing Service, 2nd AIF
  • Publication
  • Chief woman announcer at 3SR Radio, Shepparton, Victoria
  • Charge sister and nursing sister for the Department of Health, Darwin, Northern Territory
  • Nursing at Thursday Island
  • Publication
  • Nursing in New Guinea
  • Nursing in Europe
  • Nursing in United States of America and Canada
  • Publication
  • Member, Fellowship of Australian Writers
  • Foundation member of the Maroondah Singers
  • Publication
  • Winner Short Story Award from the Army Repatriation Project
  • Publication
  • Bachelor Arts from Monash University
  • Publication

View the full record at Australian Women's Register

Elizabeth Burchill worked as a nurse in many diverse locations, including England, Canada, the USA, New Guinea and Thursday Island. She has written several books about her nursing experience, including and .

  • Career position - Australian Inland Mission in Innamincka, South Australia
  • Career position - Member of Ambulance Unit from London at the Spanish Civil War
  • Career position - Grenfell Mission in Labrador, Canada
  • Career position - Served in the Middle East and Australia with the Australian Army Nursing Service, Australian Imperial Force (AIF)
  • Career position - Writer and broadcaster at 3SR in Shepparton, Victoria
  • Career position - Nursing work in Darwin
  • Career position - Nursing work in Thursday Island
  • Career position - Nursing work in New Guinea
  • Career position - Nursing work in England
  • Career position - Nursing work in the USA
  • Career position - Nursing work in Canada
  • Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) received

View the full record at Encyclopedia of Australian Science

Related people and organisations

Resources for Elizabeth Burchill

Selected resources (19)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Burchill, Dora (Elizabeth)
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Thursday Island Nurse
    Burchill, Elizabeth
    [Adelaide, SA]
    Published: Rigby
  3. Australian nurses since Nightingale 1860-1990
    Burchill, Elizabeth
    [Richmond (Vic.)]
    Published: Spectrum Publications Pty Ltd
  4. The paths I've trod
    Burchill, Elizabeth
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Spectrum
  5. Innamincka
    Burchill, Elizabeth
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Hodder and Stoughton
  6. A dedicated nurse who practised around the world
    Hudson, Susan
    [2004]
    Series: IspartOf Age
  7. Burchill, Dora Elizabeth
    Department of Veterans' Affairs
    [2002]
    Series: IspartOf World War 2 Nominal RollDepartment of Veterans' Affairs
  8. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  9. Who's Who of Australian Women
    Lofthouse, Andrea
    [North Ryde (NSW)]
    Published: Methuen Australia
  10. Who's Who in Australia 2003
    De Micheli, Catherine and Herd, Margaret
    [North Melbourne]
    Published: Crown Content
  11. [Biographical cuttings on Sister Elizabeth Burchill, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    Series: National Library of Australia
    Bib ID 1802416

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Burchill, Dora Elizabeth (Elizabeth)
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. A dedicated nurse who practised around the world
    Hudson, Susan
    Published: Melbourne, 2004
    Series: The Age
  3. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003
  4. Innamincka
    Burchill, Elizabeth
    Published: Rigby, Adelaide, 1969
  5. New Guinea Nurse
    Burchill, Elizabeth
    Published: Rigby, Adelaide, 1967
  6. The Paths I've Trod
    Burchill, Elizabeth
    Published: Spectrum Publications, Melbourne, 1981
  7. Thursday Island Nurse
    Burchill, Elizabeth
    Published: Rigby, Adelaide, 1972
  8. Who's Who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    Published: Crown Content, Melbourne, 2001

Resources by Elizabeth Burchill (9)

  1. New Guinea nurse [Elizabeth Burchill]
    Burchill, Elizabeth, 1904-2003
    [ Book, Audio book : 1967-1986 ]
    Languages: English;Japanese, [1 other]
    At 33 libraries
    New Guinea nurse [Elizabeth Burchill]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 64,551.492)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 64,551.492)

  2. The paths I've trod / by Elizabeth Burchill ; forewords by Alan Marshall, Howard Smith
    Burchill, Elizabeth, 1904-2003
    [ Book, Audio book : 1981-1993 ]
    View online
    At 43 libraries
    The paths I've trod / by Elizabeth Burchill ; forewords by Alan Marshall, Howard Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 61,219.395)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 61,219.395)

  3. The paths I've trod : autobiography of an Australian nurse
    Burchill, Elizabeth, 1904-2003
    [ Book : 1981 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 48,084.609)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 48,084.609)

  4. Thursday Island nurse / Elizabeth Burchill
    Burchill, Elizabeth, 1904-2003
    [ Book : 1972 ]
    At 38 libraries
    Thursday Island nurse / Elizabeth Burchill
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45,283.211)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45,283.211)

  5. Innamincka : [experiences of an A.I.M. Sister.] / With a foreword by R. G. Menzies
    Burchill, Elizabeth, 1904-2003
    [ Book : 1960 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 42,709.734)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 42,709.734)

  6. Australian nurses since Nightingale, 1860-1990 / by Elizabeth Burchill ; edited by John Morley
    Burchill, Elizabeth
    [ Book : 1991-1992 ]
    At 72 libraries
    Australian nurses since Nightingale, 1860-1990 / by Elizabeth Burchill ; edited by John Morley
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 37,268.957)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 37,268.957)

  7. Labrador memories / by Dora Elizabeth Burchill
    Burchill, Elizabeth
    [ Book : 1947 ]
    At 6 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 36,352.703)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 36,352.703)

  8. Innamincka / Elizabeth Burchill
    Burchill, Elizabeth, 1904-2003
    [ Book, Audio book : 1960-1983 ]
    At 66 libraries
    Innamincka / Elizabeth Burchill
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30,920.219)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30,920.219)

  9. [Launch of Elizabeth Burchill's book "Australian nurses since Nightingale, 1860-1990" by Sir Edward Dunlop]
    Monash University. National Centre for Australian Studies
    [ Video : 1993 ]
    At Monash Uni Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 29,541.932)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 29,541.932)

Resources about Elizabeth Burchill (2)

  1. New Guinea nurse [Elizabeth Burchill]
    Burchill, Elizabeth, 1904-2003
    [ Book, Audio book : 1967-1986 ]
    Languages: English;Japanese, [1 other]
    At 33 libraries
    New Guinea nurse [Elizabeth Burchill]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 63,547.617)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 63,547.617)

  2. The paths I've trod / by Elizabeth Burchill ; forewords by Alan Marshall, Howard Smith
    Burchill, Elizabeth, 1904-2003
    [ Book, Audio book : 1981-1993 ]
    View online
    At 43 libraries
    The paths I've trod / by Elizabeth Burchill ; forewords by Alan Marshall, Howard Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 60,901.48)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 60,901.48)

No user comments for this person

Add a comment


Show comments and reviews from Amazon users

Possibly related

Digitised newspapers and more

Searching...

Minimise

Diaries, letters, archives

Searching...

Minimise

Archived websites (1996 – now)

view all results

  1. Snapshots of websites, web pages and online publications about Australia and Australians collected since 1996.

    Search archived websites
    Search

Pictures, photos, objects

Searching...

Minimise

Books

Searching...

Minimise

Music, sound and video

Searching...

Minimise

People and organisations

Searching...

Minimise

Journals, articles and data sets

Searching...

Minimise

Maps

Searching...

Minimise

Lists

Searching...

Minimise

Government Gazettes

Searching...

Minimise

Archived websites (1996 – now)

No results

Minimise
  1. Australia. Army. Australian Army Nursing Service (1902-1948)
    ... Burchill, Dora (Elizabeth) (1904 - 2003) ... Boon, Gladys Elizabeth Clare (1891 - 1948) ...
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 36.337)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 36.337)

  2. Bullwinkel, Vivian (1915-2000)
    Nurse; Health Administrator; Servicewoman; Health administrator
    ... Jeffrey, Agnes (Betty) (1908 - 2000) ...
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.356)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.356)

  3. Melba, Nellie, (Dame) (-1931)
    Opera Singer; Prima Donna; Singer; Entrepreneur; Soprano
    ... Australian soprano, Dame Nellie Melba is regarded as the most accomplished and famous soprano of her ...
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.965)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.965)

Maps

No results

Minimise

Pictures, photos, objects

No results

Minimise
  1. NG'S HIGHLANDS ARE A REAL EYE-OPEHER
    Pacific islands monthly : PIM.
    [ Article : 1963 ]
    View online
    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    NG'S HIGHLANDS ARE A REAL EYE-OPEHER
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 83.491)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 83.491)

  2. Saibai: It's Sinking, But It's Still Home
    Pacific islands monthly : PIM.
    [ Article : 1960 ]
    View online
    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    Saibai: It's Sinking, But It's Still Home
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 63.716)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 63.716)

  3. Shaping our workforce: a Tasmanian development program
    Elizabeth A. Shannon; T. Alice Burchill
    Australian Health Review
    [ Article : 2013 ]
    View online
    At CSIRO Publishing
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 57.11)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 57.11)

  4. Shaping our workforce: A Tasmanian development program
    Shannon, Elizabeth A; Burchill, TAlice
    Australian Health Review
    [ Article : 2013 ]
    View online (conditions apply)
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 53.571)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 53.571)

  1. Sister Burchill Married In City
    Shepparton Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1953) Friday 23 January 1948 p 2 Article
    ... Sister Burchill Married In City The marriage of Dora Elizabeth Burchill, youngest daughter of Mrs ... . R. Burchill, of Camberwell, to Sidney Reid Smith, eldest son of Mrs. Reid Smith, of Maryborough, was ... 176 words
    • Tagged as: RWM
    • Text last corrected on 20 February 2016 by anonymous
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,350.568)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,350.568)

  2. Torres Straits idyll THURSDAY ISLAND NURSE. By Elizabeth Burchill. Rigby. 139pp. $3.95.
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 16 September 1972 p 29 Article
    ... By MARIAN ELDRIDGE THURSDAY ISLAND NURSE. By Elizabeth Burchill. Rigby. 139pp. $3.95. £UZABETH ... Burchill, for two years sister-in charge of Thursday Jsland maternal and infant welfare clinic, describes ... 407 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,233.066)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,233.066)

  3. NURSE'S STORY LABRADOR MEMORIES, by DORA, ELIZABETH BURCHILL. The Shepparton News Publishing Co, Shepparton, Vic. Price 5/-, plus 2½d postage. Now obtainable from publisher.
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 9 August 1947 p 42 Article
    ... NURSE'S STORY LABRADOR MEMORIES, by DORA, ELIZA-BETH BURCHILL. The Shepparton News Publishing Co ... , Shepparton, Vic. Price 5/-, plus 2i.d postage. Now obtainable from publisher. SISTER BURCHILL, the author, at ... 194 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,548.196)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,548.196)

  1. CERTIFICATES OF FREEDOM
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Wednesday 19 June 1833 [Issue No.68] p 235

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... , John Savage Grenada (1), William Jasper Ditto, William Kirby Grenada (4), Elizabeth the wife of John ... ), Elizabeth Shanaghan Marquis of Huntley (3), Edward Jackson Minstrel (2), Thomas Dickman Phœnix (2), James ... 252 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 834.654)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 834.654)

  2. ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. In the estates of Ah Ping, late of Binalong; Ah Look, late of Corrong; Jemmy Ah Chuck, late of Gunbar; George Allen, late of The Meadows; Charles Allen...
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 11 May 1877 [Issue No.156] p 1919

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... Burchill, late of Goulburn River; James Buckley, late of Warialda; William Beggs, late of Waddi; John ... Parramatta; Jei'emiali Malier, late of Laura; Elizabeth Catherine Mill ward, late of West Maitland; Martha ... 631 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 505.173)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 505.173)

  3. APPOINTMENT OF ELECTORAL REGISTRARS.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Saturday 27 September 1913 [Issue No.65] p 2694

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... Elizabeth Jones William Foster Burgess Nyngan Peak Hill Collarenebri Germanton Forster Coolamon I Darling 1 ... Post Office, Williamstown STATE OF QUEENSLAND. William Woolcock James Burchill Samuel William O ... 290 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.977)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.977)

  1. Elizabeth Burchill
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2002 ]
    View online
    At ABC Radio National
    Elizabeth Burchill
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,231.649)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,231.649)

  2. Elizabeth Burchill : book launch "Australian nurses since Nightingale"
    Monash University. National Centre for Australian Studies
    [ Video : 1992-2016 ]
    At Monash Uni Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 608.104)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 608.104)

  3. The enneagram and prayer : discovering our true selves before God / Barbara Metz, John Burchill
    Metz, Barbara
    [ Audio book, Book : 1987-1989 ]
    At 13 libraries
    The enneagram and prayer : discovering our true selves before God / Barbara Metz, John Burchill
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 47.805)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 47.805)

  4. UN presses ahead in East Timor
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. News
    [ Sound : 1999 ]
    View online
    At ABC Radio National
    UN presses ahead in East Timor
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 36.14)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 36.14)

  1. Banal art : artists, Janet Burchill, A. D. S. Donaldson, Dale Frank, Robert Hunter, Jennifer McCamley, Elizabeth Pulie / curated by Rex Butler
    Butler, Rex
    [ Book : 1991 ]
    At Uni of Melb Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 642.506)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 642.506)

  2. Innamincka / Elizabeth Burchill
    Burchill, Elizabeth
    [ Book : 1960-1969 ]
    At 10 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 565.106)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 565.106)

  3. Papers
    Burchill, Elizabeth, 1908-
    [ Thesis : 1936-1988 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 498.562)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 498.562)

  4. New Guinea nurse
    Burchill, Elizabeth
    [ Book : 1968 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 432.504)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 432.504)

  1. [Biographical cuttings on Elizabeth Burchill, writer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 576.747)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 576.747)

  2. [Biographical cuttings on Sister Elizabeth Burchill, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 551.32)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 551.32)

  3. Manuscripts of "Innamincka" and "Thursday Island nurse"
    Burchill, Elizabeth, 1908-
    [ Unpublished : 1950-1970 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 260.349)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 260.349)

  1. Cremer
    Cremer
    Created by fionam, 24 items.

    Child of William McVicar (Elizabeth Mason's third husband) marriage

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 67.313)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 67.313)

  2. PIKE FAMILY HISTORY KIAMA
    PIKE FAMILY HISTORY KIAMA
    Created by GeoffreyPike, 521 items.

    This is a detailed record of approximately 500 newspaper and Government Gazette articles that I, Geoff Pike, have found so far relating to the history of the Pike family in Kiama which commenced ...

    Keywords: George Burchill, Giles Little Edwards of Tormarton Wiltshire, James Pike, Joseph Pike, Malmesbury Pikes, Malmesbury Wiltshire Pikes, Mary Pike
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45.138)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45.138)

  3. JOSEPH PIKE - KIAMA
    JOSEPH PIKE - KIAMA
    Created by GeoffreyPike, 235 items.

    TRANSPORTED TO A BETTER LIFE...Ex convict JOSEPH PIKE (1808-1886) was one of the very old hardy pioneers who created the town of Kiama, but these days his story is simply not known and there...

    Keywords: Joseph Pike - Kiama
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.421)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.421)