Jeffrey, Agnes, (OAM, RN) (1908-2000)

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Jeffrey, Agnes (1908-2000)
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Nurse; Nursing Administrator; Author
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Betty Jeffrey was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on 8 June 1987 for service to the welfare of nurses in Victoria and ex-service men and women. Jeffrey was one of the members of the Australian Army Nursing Service who was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore in 1942. Incarcerated in Japanese prisoner of war camps for three and a half years, after the war she wrote about the experiences in (1954) which was later the basis for the film script (1999). After her return to Melbourne, and spending some time in hospital, Jeffrey and fellow survivor Vivian Bullwinkel travelled throughout Victoria raising funds towards a memorial for military nurses. The Nurses Memorial Centre was opened on 19 February 1950 and Jeffrey was appointed its first administrator. In 1986 she became the Centre's patron.

  • Completed nursing training at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
  • Arrived in Singapore with the 2/10 Australian General Hospital
  • Joined the Australian Army Nursing Service
  • Evacuated from Singapore with approximately 300 people on the
  • Incarcerated in Japanese prisoner of war camps in Sumatra
  • Arrived back in Australia
  • Discharged from the Australian Army Nursing Service
  • Appointed administrator of the Nurses Memorial Centre
  • Patron of the Nurses Memorial Centre

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Jeffrey, Agnes (Betty)
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Matron A.M. Sage 'Sammie': A Tribute by Betty Jeffrey
    Jeffrey, Agnes Betty
    [Sydney]
    Published: Herald Gravure Printers
  3. White Coolies
    Jeffrey, Betty
    [Sydney]
    Published: Angus and Robertson
  4. [Diary of Sister Betty Jeffrey, Australian nursing sister captured by the Japanese in World War II].
    Jeffrey, Betty
    [Sydney]
    Published: The Sun
  5. Betty Jeffrey OAM RN
    Davis John
    Published: St Peter's Eastern Hill
    Series: IspartOf Views and opinions from St Peter's Eastern HillSt Peter's Eastern Hill
  6. A Woman's war : the exceptional life of Wilma Oram Young, AM
    Angell, Barbara
    [Sydney]
    Published: New Holland Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
  7. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  8. Group portrait of Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) nurses, who were former prisoners of war (POWs
    [18 October 1945]
    Series: Australian War Memorial
    Group portrait of Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) nurses, who were former prisoners of war (POWs), aboard the hospital ship Manunda on its arrival. Most of the nurses were staff members of the 2/10th and 2/13th Australian General Hospital (2/10AGH and 2/13AGH) and the 2/4th Casualty Clearing Station (2/4CCS) who have returned from Malaya. Known to be in the photograph are: Christien 'Chris' Oxley, Jean 'Jennie' Greer, Beryl 'Woodie' Woodbridge, Florence 'Trot' Trotter, Eileen 'Shortie' Short, Jessie Blanch, Valerie Smith, Violet McElnea, Betty 'Jeff' Jeffrey, Nesta James, Pat Blake, Janet P. 'Pat' Gunther, Jess Doyle, Cecilia E. M. 'Del' Delforce, Iole Harper, Sylvia Muir, Joyce 'Tweedie' Tweddell, V. Haig, Wilma Oram, Jean Ashton, Jessie Simons, Ada C. 'Mickey' Syer and Veronica R. Clancy. The woman in the centre wearing the dress uniform and hat is Colonel Annie M. Sage, Matron-in-Chief of the AANS. The woman in the foreground, standing behind the two seated nurses on the right, is Captain E. Mavis Hannah (later Allgrove) and the tall woman third from the right holding flowers is Vivian Bullwinkel. A number of the nurses are holding bouquets of flowers that have been sent by their families. Many of these nurses became prisoners of war (POWs) when they were captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore in February 1942 and survived captivity. Bullwinkel survived the massacre of 21 nurses on Radji Beach, Banka Island on 16 February 1942.
    P01701.003
  9. Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial Nurses
    Photograph supplied by Anne Heywood 2004-02-07
  10. Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
    Photograph supplied by Anne Heywood 2004-02-07
  11. Sister Jean Keer (Jenny) Greer of Petersham, NSW (left), and Sister Betty Jeffrey of East Malvern, Vic,
    [1945]
    Series: Australian War Memorial
    Two members of the Australian Army Nursing Service, Sister Jean Keer (Jenny) Greer of Petersham, NSW (left), and Sister Betty Jeffrey of East Malvern, Vic, who were for three and a half years prisoners of war in Japanese hands in Sumatra, talking with an Australian soldier. The sisters were recovering from malnutrition in the Dutch hospital. Johore (Naval Historical Collection)
    305369

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