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Enjoy engaging talks from a variety of guest speakers with monthly discussions on fascinating topics of historical interest.

April topic: Lucy Osburn, the controversial nursing founder

Lucy Osburn was employed by the NSW Government to establish a new type of nursing, known as Nightingale nursing after Florence Nightingale.

From 1868-84, she transformed healthcare and carved out a new career for women. Why was she so controversial?

Why is she celebrated as the founder of Nightingale nursing in Australia even though Florence Nightingale effectively disowned her?

Guest speaker: Judith Godden

Dr Judith Godden is a former academic at the University of Sydney and professional historian.

She is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing; an Honorary Life Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine; a Patron of the Ryde District Historical Society; and Secretary of Ku-ring-gai Historical Society.

This talk draws on her first book, Lucy Osburn, a Lady Displaced, which was shortlisted for Australia's National Biography Award

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