Website  (2021) See  .   For more information see Murray-Prior History

Books, Reports, Monographs

Editing/writing/research for Peter Loveday, 2020, Bangalore Dies with Me. An historical reflection on the legacy and lives of three generations of Morant family pioneers on the heritage protected property ‘Bangalore’ in Renmark, SA, Sydney: Peter Loveday.

Godden, Judith, 2020, The Matriarch of Rockend: Emily Mary Barton, more than Banjo Paterson’s Grandmother, Ryde History Series No.13, Ryde District Historical Society, Ryde.  For more information see Emily Mary Barton

Macleod, Virginia and Judith Godden, 2018, Royal Far West Archive & Museum Collection Significance Assessment.

Godden, Judith (ed. by Aftercare PR team), 2017, Aftercare: its journey 1907-2017, Rozelle, Sydney: Aftercare (now Stride).

Godden, Judith, 2017, Crown Street. The History of Crown Street Women’s Hospital, 1893-1983, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Godden, Judith, 2015, The Australian Pain Society: The First 35 Years, Sydney: Australian Pain Society.

Godden, Judith, 2011, Australia’s Controversial Matron: Gwen Burbidge and Nursing Reform, Sydney: The NSW College of Nursing.

Helmstadter, Carol and Judith Godden, 2011, Nursing before Nightingale 1815-1890,  Farnham (U.K.): Ashgate.

Godden, Judith, 2009, ‘The Rockefeller Foundation and Australian Nursing’ Rockefeller Archive Center Research Reports Online, eds. Ken Rose and Erwin Levold,

Godden, Judith, 2006, Lucy Osburn, a lady displaced. Florence Nightingale’s envoy to Australia, Sydney:  Sydney University Press. (see

Godden, Judith, Angela Brew and Ernest Roe, 1996, Learning Research Skills: Programs and Issues, Occasional Paper 6, Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Sydney.

McAllister, Margaret, Wendy Madsen, Judith Godden, Jennene Greenhill & Rachel Reed, 2008, Moving forward by looking backward: An exploration of history teaching in nursing curricula across Australia: Final Report. Maroochydore: University of the Sunshine Coast.

Godden, Judith, 1983, Philanthropy and the Woman’s Sphere, Sydney, 1870-circa 1900. PhD thesis, Macquarie University,

Book Chapters

Godden, Judith, 2010, ‘The Dream of Nursing the Empire’, in Navigating Nightingale: Essays on the Influence of a Nursing Icon eds. Sioban Nelson and Anne Marie Rafferty, Cornell University Press, New York, pp. 55-75.

Godden, Judith and Sue Forsyth, 2003, ‘Historical Methods’, Nursing Research Methods, Critical Appraisal and Utilisation, (eds.) Z. Schneider, D. Elliott, G. LoBiondo-Wood and J. Haber, 2nd edition, Harcourt Australia, Melbourne, pp.154-62.

Godden, Judith, 2003, ‘Nightingale Nursing Probationers, Sydney Infirmary’, in A Companion of the History of Medicine in Australia 1788-1939, A.J. Proust (ed), A. Proust, Canberra, pp.232-33.

Godden, Judith, 1997 “‘For the benefit of mankind’: Nightingale’s legacy and hours of work in Australian nursing, 1868-1939’, in A. M. Rafferty, J. Robinson and R. Elkan (eds.) Nursing History and the Politics of Welfare, Routledge, London, pp.177-191.

Godden, Judith, 1995 ‘Victorian influences on the development of a professional identity within nursing’ in Scholarship in the Discipline of Nursing, (eds.) G. Gray & R. Pratt, Churchill Livingstone, Melbourne, pp.239-254.

Godden, Judith, 1990 ‘No-one can take away the kudos? Jessie Street and the unionisation of nurses in New South Wales’, in Jessie Street. Documents and Essays, ed. H. Radi, Women’s Redress Press, Sydney, pp.94-103.

Rosenthal, Margaret and Judith Godden, 1988 ‘The Institute of Nursing Studies’, in In Transit. Sydney C.A.E. 1982-1989, ed. M. Koder, Sydney College of Advanced Education, pp.179-193.

Godden, Judith, 1982 ‘Portrait of a lady: A decade in the life of Helen Fell’, in M. Bevege et al. (eds.) Worth her Salt. Women at Work in Australia, Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, pp.33-48.

Godden, Judith, 1982 ‘`The work for them, and the glory for us!’ Sydney women’s philanthropy, 1870-1900’ in R. Kennedy (ed.) Australian Welfare History. Critical Essays, Macmillan, Melbourne, pp.84-102

Articles in Refereed Journals

Godden, Judith and Janis Wilton, 2022, ‘”She was indeed a strong-minded woman”: Elizabeth Morrow, from servant to matron, 1868-86’, Health and History,  24:1, pp. 86-108 ( ).

Godden, Judith, 2021, ‘”A joy beyond any earthly pleasure”: Emily Paterson’s contribution to community mental health’, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, December, 107:2, pp.156-78.

McAllister, Margaret, Wendy Madsen, Judith Godden, Jennene Greenhill, Rachel Reed, 2010, ‘Generating Ideas for the Teaching of Nursing’s History’, Australian Collegian, 17:1 , pp.13-22.

McAllister, Margaret, Wendy Madsen, Judith Godden , Jennene Greenhill, Rachel Reed, 2010, ‘Teaching Nursing’s History: A National Survey of Australian Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, 2007-2008’, Nurse Education Today, 30:4, May, pp. 277-382.

Madsen, Wendy, Margaret McAllister, Judith Godden, Jennene Greenhill, Rachel Reed, 2009,‘Nursing’s orphans: how the system of nursing education in Australia is undermining professional identity’, Contemporary Nurse, 32:1-2, pp. 9-18.

Godden, Judith and Carol Helmstadter, 2009, ‘Conflict and costs when reforming nursing: the introduction of Nightingale nursing in Australia and Canada’, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18:19, pp. 2692-99.

Godden, Judith, 2008, Review Symposia on Lucy Osburn, A Lady Displaced.
Author’s response, Metascience, 17: 3, 329–349.

Godden, Judith 2008, ‘Nursing’, Sydney Journal, 1:3 ( and related entry in the Dictionary of Sydney (

Godden, Judith, 2008, ‘Hospitals’, Sydney Journal, 1:2, (
and related entry in the Dictionary of Sydney (

Godden, Judith, 2007, ‘Reflections on history’s evidence base’, Guest Editorial for Nursing Inquiry, 14: 4, p. 265.

Godden, Judith, 2005, ‘A ‘region of indecency and pruriency’: Religious conflict, female communities and health care in colonial New South Wales’, Humanities Research, vol. XII, no. 1, pp. 79-92.

Godden, Judith, 2004, ‘Bathsheba Ghost, Matron of the Sydney Infirmary 1852-66: A Silenced Life’, Labour History, no. 87, November, pp.49-63.

Godden, Judith and Carol Helmstadter, 2004, ’Women’s Mission and Professional Knowledge: Nightingale nursing in colonial Australia and Canada’, Social History of Medicine, vol.17, no.2, August, pp.157-74.

Godden, Judith, 2003, ‘Matching the ideal? The first generation of Nightingale nursing probationers, Sydney Hospital, 1868-84’, Health and History, 5:1, pp.22-41.

Godden, Judith, 2001, “‘Like a possession of the devil’: the diffusion of Nightingale nursing and Anglo-Australian relations’, International History of Nursing Journal,7, pp.52-58.

Godden, Judith, 2001, “‘Be good sweet maid’: Sister Probationer Nora Barton at the Sydney Infirmary, 1869-72’, Labour History, 80, pp.141-56.

Godden, Judith, 2001, “A ‘lamentable failure’? The founding of Nightingale nursing in Australia, 1868-84’, Australian Historical Studies, 32:117, pp.276-91.

Godden, Judith and Forsyth, Sue, 2000, ‘Defining Relationships and limiting power: Two leaders of Australian nursing, 1868-1904’, Nursing Inquiry, 7:1, pp.10-19.

Godden, Judith, 1997, ‘Containment and control: Presbyterian women missionaries and the missionary impulse in NSW, 1891-1914’, Women’s History Review, 6:1, pp.75-93.

Godden, Judith, Graeme Curry and Sheryl Delacour, 1992-93, ‘The Decline of Myths and Myopia? The Use and Abuse of Nursing History’, The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 10:2, December-February, pp.27-34.

Godden, Judith, 1987, ‘Sectarianism and purity within the woman’s sphere: Sydney refuges during the late nineteenth century’, Journal of Religious History, 14:3, pp.291-306.

Godden, Judith, 1987, ‘British models and colonial experience: Women’s philanthropy in late nineteenth century Sydney’, Journal of Australian Studies, 19, pp.40-53.

Godden, Judith, 1979, ‘A new look at pioneer women’, Hecate, v:2, pp.7-21.

Biographical entries

Godden, Judith, 2023, ‘Lucy Osburn’, Nottinghamshire Nursing History Group, . 

Godden, Judith, 2020, ‘Osburn, Lucy (1836–1891), nursing superintendent’, in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K. .

Godden, Judith, 2011, ‘Emily Darvall Paterson (1864-1945)’; ‘ Susan Catherine Schardt (1872–1934)’and ‘Emily Mary Barton (1817-1909)’ in Women of Ryde,  Ryde District Historical Society, Sydney.

Godden, Judith, 2008, ‘Lucy Osburn’, in Dictionary of Sydney (

Godden, Judith, 2005, ‘Osburn, Lucy, Nurse’, in Bright Sparcs, A register of people involved in the development of science, technology, engineering and medicine in Australia

Godden, Judith, 2005, ‘Eliza Pottie, evangelist and social reformer’, and ‘Helen Fell, diarist and philanthropist’, in Australian Dictionary of Biography Supplement, (ed). C. Cunneen, Melbourne University Press, pp.125-26, 324-25.

Godden, Judith, 2002, ‘Zepps, Katrina, nurse’ in The Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16,(gen. ed.) J. Ritchie, Melbourne University Press, p.608.

Godden, Judith and Heather Radi, 1996, ‘Evans, Evelyn, nursing administrator’ in The Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 14, 1881-1939, gen. ed. J. Ritchie, Melbourne University Press, pp.106-107.

Godden, Judith, 1994, ‘Mary McLean’, ‘Eliza Pottie’, ‘John Pottie’, ‘Elizabeth Renwick’, ‘Eleanor Rivett’, ‘Susan Schardt’, ‘Elizabeth Ward’, in The Australian Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, ed. B. Dickey, Evangelical History Association, Adelaide, pp.242,312-313, 321, 323, 332, 396.

Godden, Judith and Meredith Foley, 1993, ‘Blomfield, Isla Stuart, nurse’ in The Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 13, 1881-1939, gen. ed. J. Ritchie, Melbourne University Press, p.206.

Godden, Judith, 1990, ‘Ward, Elizabeth, philanthropist’, in The Australian Dictionary of Biography, gen. ed. J. Ritchie, vol. 12, 1881-1939, Melbourne University Press, p.381.

Godden, Judith, 1988, ‘Rivett: Eleanor, missionary, Elsie, welfare worker, and Mary, psychologist’, in The Australian Dictionary of Biography, gen. ed. G. Serle, vol. 11, 1881-1939, Melbourne University Press, pp.401-403.

Godden, Judith, 1988, ‘Eliza Pottie, philanthropist’, in 200 Australian Women. A Redress Anthology, ed. H. Radi, Women’s Redress Press, Sydney, pp.35-36.

Selected miscellaneous articles/reports

Godden, Judith, in Sydney Observer: ‘Photographs, History and You’, May 2004, p.20; ‘From Firs Cottage to Sous le Soleil to… ?’, December 2023-January 2024, p.19; ‘Swain Gardens’, August 2023, p.21; ‘Lindfield Bowling Club beginnings’, June 2023, p.23; ‘Katrina Zepps: North Shore Hero’, April 2023, p.23; ‘Freda du Faur, An Edwardian Mountaineer’, February 2023, p.15; ‘Orthoptists making a difference’, July 2022, p.12; ’Olive McIntosh. A local legend’, November 2022, p.12; and ‘Wahroonga’s Village Stores’, September 2022, p.13.

Godden, Judith, ‘Elizabeth Morrow versus colonial misogyny’, Traces, issue 25, 2023, pp.30-33.

Godden, Judith, ‘Foreword’ in Heather Knight, Poets, Painters & Pioneers Banjo Paterson’s Remarkable Family, Heather Knight,  2024.

Godden, Judith, ‘Roseville’s Private Hospitals’, The Historian, 48:1, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society, 2020-23, pp.136-45.

Godden, Judith, 2020, “Which Florence Nightingale will we remember today? The ‘Lady with the Lamp’ or the influential writer and activist?”, The Conversation, 12 May,

Godden, Judith, 2010, ‘Gwen Burbidge and Nursing Reform’, Nursing.aust, Vol. 11, No. 2.;dn=339456451995908;res=IELHEA  ISSN: 1443-1491. [cited 30 Oct 10].

Godden, Judith, 2007, ‘Aftercare’s History’,

Godden, Judith, 2006, ‘Lucy Osburn’s Diary’, History. Magazine of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 89, September, pp. 4-5.