Lucy Osburn, a Lady Displaced: Florence Nightingale’s Envoy to Australia
Lucy Osburn (1836-91) was sent to Sydney by Florence Nightingale to reform nursing in Australia. Thanks to her immense resilience, Lucy Osburn eventually succeeded despite considerable mistakes that led to her being repudiated by Florence Nightingale. When Lucy Osburn founded modern nursing in Australia, she also pioneered the employment of high status professional women in public institutions.
In this biography, Lucy Osburn’s extensive and frank correspondence is used to build an intriguing picture of life for an independent middle-class woman. Her triumphs and trials in NSW typify the struggles the colony faced in its relations with Britain, and with new roles in the workplace for women.
“High politics, high drama and occasionally high jinks that makes this such a riveting read” Professor Anne Marie Rafferty Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery King’s College, London
ISBD – 9781920898397
Publisher – Sydney University Press
Published – 2006
Length – 276 Pages
Notes – Includes bibliographical references and index.