Also known as: née Garlick, Sister Lucy Garlick, Lucy Johnstone (through marriage)

Special Achievements:

Lucy Garlick was the first infant welfare sister to work with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
1950s - She developed a body chart to help doctors diagnose the illnesses of patients living in in the Kimberleys, Western Australia. This chart consisted of numbered torso parts.
In 1994 the chart was immortalised on the Australian $20 note together with portrait of John Flynn, founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Lucy was made a Protector of Aborigines so she could visit and nurse Aboriginal people living in camps.

Additional Information:

Lucy Garlick served at Alfred Hospital, Royal Women's Hospital, Victorian Baby Health Centres Association, all in Melbourne, Victoria.
1942 - Joined the Army, serving in the Northern Territory and Lae, New Guinea.
1975 - Retired.
1981 - At age 71, began writing short stories, calling on experiences as a bush nurse.


  • Image - Lucy Garlick at nurses' training school

    Preliminary Training School, January 1936. Lucy Garlick is standing second from left.

    Image part of NPWHF collection

  • Image - Lucy Garlick with the ute that was her travelling infant welfare centre

    Source: "The Star", Tuesday November 8 1994, page 29

  • Image - Royal Flying Doctor Service Body Chart

    Source: Royal Flying Doctor Service

  • References

    Dr Madonna Grehan (RN RM, Cert SexHlth& Repro, GrDip Hlth Ethics, PhD (Melbourne)), Historian and Honorary Fellow, Nursing, School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, wrote 23 November 2020:

    “I’m a historian of nursing and midwifery in Australia. I’m curating an exhibition in Melbourne scheduled for 2021.

    One of the women I’ve included is Lucy Garlick.”

    Lucy’s story gives her maiden name as Johnstone. “This is not correct. “Garlick” is Lucy’s maiden name. “Johnstone” is her married name.

    I’ve been in touch with Lucy’s relatives, her executrix and her training school (the Alfred) so I’m absolutely sure of her maiden name as being Garlick.”

  • Document - "Local nurse honored on new $20 note"

    From "The Star", Tuesday November 8 1994, page 29

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