Recovery: East Coast women's overseas service in WW1

Interactive timelines and maps tracing the contributions of nurses from Gisborne and the East Cape, a complement to the Museum of Tairawhiti's Recovery exhibition.

Interactive timelines and maps tracing the contributions of nurses from Gisborne and the East Cape, a complement to the Museum of Tairawhiti's Recovery exhibition.

The Recovery exhibition, not to be missed at the Museum, opens on March 24.
Ivy Smale and her husband Stg David Smale, 1916 (source: Ian Barron)

HUNDREDS of men left this district to fight overseas during the First World War, and they served mainly in European and Middle Eastern theatres of war. Generally their journeys have been well documented.

The women who sailed, however, are less well known, and Kay Morris Matthews from the Eastern Institute of Technology has researched many of their war stories.

Between 1915 and 1919 the women served with the armed services or as volunteers with 12 different service organisations in war zones in Turkey, Egypt, France, Serbia, Greece, Italy, Palestine, East Africa and England.

Many were highly decorated. All who served had their lives changed forever. That so many women and men from the East Coast served overseas in WW1 is remarkable for the relatively small population at the time.

Kay Morris Matthews' work has culminated in a book and an exhibition opening on Friday at the Museum of Tairāwhiti. This site provides interactive timelines and maps for the WWI journeys of many of the nurses who served.

Agnes Allan

Map Timeline

Stella Grace Barr

Map Timeline

Robina Thomson Cameron

Map Timeline

Agnes Mary Clark

Map Timeline

Jean Cormack

Map Timeline

Mary Louisa Craig

Map Timeline

Elsie Curtis

Map Timeline

Annie Eliza Draper (nee McKenzie)

Map Timeline

Mary Audley Eaddy

Map Timeline

Gertrude Kate Garrard

Map Timeline

Florence Gill

Map Timeline

Mabel Hyde

Map Timeline

Ruby Izetta Kelly

Map Timeline

Agnes Dorothy Kerr

Map Timeline

Elvie Jane Kidd

Map Timeline

Edith Mary Lewis

Map Timeline

Christabel MacFarlane

Map Timeline

Olive Malcolm

Map Timeline

Catherine Martin

Map Timeline

Rose Palmer

Map Timeline

Ivy Smale

Map Timeline

Jessie Walker

Map Timeline

Caroline Mary Wallace

Map Timeline

Emily Kathleen Wallis

Map Timeline

Annie Catherine Westoby

Map Timeline

HUNDREDS of men left this district to fight overseas during the First World War, and they served mainly in European and Middle Eastern theatres of war. Generally their journeys have been well documented.

The women who sailed, however, are less well known, and Kay Morris Matthews from the Eastern Institute of Technology has researched many of their war stories.

Between 1915 and 1919 the women served with the armed services or as volunteers with 12 different service organisations in war zones in Turkey, Egypt, France, Serbia, Greece, Italy, Palestine, East Africa and England.

Many were highly decorated. All who served had their lives changed forever. That so many women and men from the East Coast served overseas in WW1 is remarkable for the relatively small population at the time.

Kay Morris Matthews' work has culminated in a book and an exhibition opening on Friday at the Museum of Tairāwhiti. This site provides interactive timelines and maps for the WWI journeys of many of the nurses who served.

Agnes Allan

Map Timeline

Stella Grace Barr

Map Timeline

Robina Thomson Cameron

Map Timeline

Agnes Mary Clark

Map Timeline

Jean Cormack

Map Timeline

Mary Louisa Craig

Map Timeline

Elsie Curtis

Map Timeline

Annie Eliza Draper (nee McKenzie)

Map Timeline

Mary Audley Eaddy

Map Timeline

Gertrude Kate Garrard

Map Timeline

Florence Gill

Map Timeline

Mabel Hyde

Map Timeline

Ruby Izetta Kelly

Map Timeline

Agnes Dorothy Kerr

Map Timeline

Elvie Jane Kidd

Map Timeline

Edith Mary Lewis

Map Timeline

Christabel MacFarlane

Map Timeline

Olive Malcolm

Map Timeline

Catherine Martin

Map Timeline

Rose Palmer

Map Timeline

Ivy Smale

Map Timeline

Jessie Walker

Map Timeline

Caroline Mary Wallace

Map Timeline

Emily Kathleen Wallis

Map Timeline

Annie Catherine Westoby

Map Timeline

Your email address will not be published. Comments will display after being approved by a staff member. Comments may be edited for clarity.