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Edith Qua

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First name: Edith

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Last name: Qua

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Ethel Qua (nee Loneragan) was born in Hartley Vale, NSW in 1883. She graduated as a nurse in 1908 from Melbourne Hospital. She left Australia in 1911 to travel overseas and during World War 1 served as a nurse with the Canadian Army in France, England and Salonica

Box 8 Item 17 – Hugh Venables Vernon miscellaneous papers, 1916-1919.
Handmade protection with steely look and stylish upper lip!

At first glance it is apparent that this garment would have been quite difficult to actually put on, due to the tight fit. Undoubtedly handcrafted by a loved one, it has been photographed in action by the  wearer, as intended. I particularly like the attention to detail on the moustache – possibly one of the few things that a man in his position had complete control over.

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