Tales of a World War I heroine

By Jodie Duffy
Updated April 21 2013 - 5:59am, first published 5:58am
Susanna de Vries (AM) counts Nurse Muriel Wakeford, below left, as one of the great Australian heroines of World War One.
Muriel Wakeford, her mother Ellen and sister Vera in Wollongong in 1921. Muriel’s young son is the boy in the middle. Her brothers are in the foreground right.

As dawn breaks Sister Muriel Wakeford, in her crisp white veil and grey nurses’ uniform, stands ready on the deck of the hospital ship the Gascon, a pair of borrowed field glasses in her hands.

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