Dora Elizabeth BURCHILL

Also known as: Elizabeth

Born: 4 January 1904

Died: 3 December 2003

Additional Information:

“Elizabeth Burchill became a triple certificate nurse in the 1930s. She [was] a registered nurse in seven countries.” After retirement, she completed three degrees: Bachelor and Master of Arts, Monash University, and Bachelor of Literature, University of Melbourne.

1930-1932 - Pioneer Nurse, Australian Inland Mission; Innamincka, South Australia.

1937 - Member of British Ambulance Unit, Spanish Civil War.

1940-1946 - Captain, Second Australian Imperial Force Army Nursing Service, serving in Australia, Palestine, and Egypt.

1946-1947 - Chief woman announcer, 3SR Shepparton, Victoria, broadcasting “the womens’ session in the morning and the childrens’ in the afternoon then broadcast social occasions in the evening”.

1947 - Labrador Memories published, of her service with the International Grenfell Association at Indian Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

1950 - Nurse in Darwin, Northern Territory at the first infant welfare clinic.

1960 - Innamincka published, of her experiences there.

1961-1963 - Nurse in New Guinea.

1965-1967 - Nurse in Europe.

1969-1971 - Nurse in United States of America and Canada.

1975 - Won Short Story Award - Department of Repatriation & Veteran Affairs.

1981 - The Paths I've Trod published.

1992 - Australian Nurses Since Nightingale 1860-1990 published.

8 June 1998 - Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), service to nursing, particularly as an historian, author and philanthropist.


  • Image - Elizabeth Burchill

    Function in honour of Elizabeth Burchill, Monash University, Burchill Room. Portrait painted for the Archibald Prize.


  • References

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    Burchill, D. E. I REMEMBER --- 1940 --- aboard Y4 headquarters ship.

    Hospital for Lonely Interior Settlers: Burke and Wills Link. Adelaide Advertiser. 1931 (date unknown):page unknown.

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    1989. War nurse to open this year’s festival. newspaper unknown. 1989 (date unknown):page unknown.

    A trip to remember. Nunawading Gazette. June 14, 1989:page unknown.

    Mission home restored. Nunawading Gazette. July 1994 (day unknown):page unknown.

    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Citation for Sister Elizabeth Burchill who was conferred with the award Doctor of Nursing Honoris Causa, 7 June 1995.

    The Australian Women's Register. “Burchill, Dora (Elizabeth) (1904 - 2003)”. accessed 22 June 2020.

    Wikipedia. "Elizabeth Burchill". accessed 24 June 2020.

    Trove. "Burchill, Dora, (OAM, BA, MA, Blitt, RN, RM, IWC, Hon. DNursing) (1908-2003)". accessed 24 June 2020.