It’s Olive!

At last after a century, women in World War 1 are being recognised for the enormous contribution they made and challenges they faced.

Five nurses, including Sister Olive Haynes, are featured in the ABC miniseries ANZAC Girls (produced by Screentime, with Olive played by Anna McGahan, and the DVD distributed by Roadshow) from August 2014.

ANZAC Girls was informed by Peter Rees’ book The Other Anzacs – Nurses at War, 1914 - 1918 (Allen and Unwin, 2008) that was largely sourced from nurses’ diaries and letters.   The letters and diaries of Olive compiled and edited by Margaret Young in 1991 in We Are Here Too was one of the key sources.

Margaret received her mother Olive’s diaries and letters from her father Pat Dooley following Olive’s death.  She chose the title We Are Here Too referring to Olive’s frustration that attention was always on ‘our boys’, but ‘our girls’ were almost completely ignored.  We Are Here Too had sufficient audience to justify a revised second edition published in 1993.  But women in war were not of mainstream interest.  If it had not been for the dedication of people like Margaret that stuck with it and kept the stories alive, the current interest would not have been realised.

This reprint of We Are Here Too gives the audience that recently has got to know Olive direct access to her original and lively voice, and many photos of her and taken by her during WW1.

Again inspired by We Are Here Too, Olive was chosen by the WA Museum to represent the ANZAC nurses at the National ANZAC Centre at Albany, WA, at its opening in November 2014.


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We Are Here Too can be purchased from Adelaide Online Computers at 45 Rundle St, Kent Town:

We Are Here Too can also be purchased in South Australia from bookshops including Booked in North Adelaide, Dillons in Norwood, Dymocks in Burnside, and Mostly Books in Mitcham, plus the Repatriation General Hospital, and borrowed through many local libraries.