Lucy Osburn

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Lucy Osburn



Born: Lucy Osburn on 10 May 1835.


She trained at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and also at the Kaiserwerth Hospital near Dussledorf in Germany, which had greatly influenced Florence Nightingale’s ideas.

She was identified as ‘an outstanding graduate’ at the Nightingale School and set sail for Australia following her appointment as Superintendent and Chief Female Officer of the Sydney Infirmary (later called the Sydney Hospital).

Together with five other Nightingale nurses, Ms Osburn arrived in Sydney in 1868, where she encountered appalling conditions, and hostility from medical staff. She spent the next 12 years transforming the hospital and training nurses in the Nightingale tradition.

Miss Osburn left Sydney in 1884. She died on 22 December 1891.

  • Faces of Nursing (Lucy Osborn) - Lucy Osborn was the daughter of an Egyptologist. She was born in London, and as a young woman was said to be well educated and the "mistress of several languages". Lucy's main interest was in nursing. Australian Nursing Council
  • Lucy Osburn - A true nursing pioneer. In March 1868, Lucy Osburn, with five other nursing sisters, arrived in Sydney to take charge of the Infirmary.
  • Nightingale Nursing in the Colonies: Conflict in the Victorian Ideology of Class and Gender.

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