Dr Kirsty Harris – About Me

Military career

I served in the Australian Army full time for ten years and five years in the Reserves in Royal Australian Signals Corps. I was examined, inoculated, cared for by Australian Army nurses. I even lived with an Army nurse who went on to be awarded the Nursing Service Cross!

Nursing historian

More Than Bombs and Bandages - Australian Army Nurses at Work in World War 1

My paternal grandmother was a nurse in the Australian Army Nursing Service during World War I which led me to research her war experience for my family. However, she is not the only nurse in my family; my maternal grandmother and younger sister were/are nurses and my mother was a mothercraft nurse. So nursing runs in the blood. However, as I have a bad needle phobia, I am the designated historian of the family profession. I formalised my research on completion of my PhD in history at the University of Melbourne in 2006 with my thesis ‘Not just routine nursing: the roles and skills of the Australian Army Nursing Service in World War I’. I spent ten years as an Honorary Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne.

I have published a number of articles relating to WW1 nurses which are listed here: https://independent.academia.edu/KirstyHarris1

Most articles are available for download.

This site also shows a number of presentations I have given about finding out about your military nursing relation or colleague, and lists my book, ‘More than Bombs and Bandages: Australian Army nurses at work in World War I’, published by Big Sky Publishing in NSW in 2011, and available here: https://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/dr-kirsty-harris/

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