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NZ Spanish Civil War nurses


Photograph showing Isobel Dodds, René Shadbolt and Millicent Sharples, New Zealand nurses sent to Spain during the Spanish Civil War.

The nurses were the only organised New Zealand contingent to serve in the war. René Shadbolt, aged 33, who was head sister of Auckland Hospital’s casualty ward, was appointed to lead the group. She was joined by Isobel Dodds, aged 22, a staff nurse from Wellington Hospital, and Millicent Sharples, aged 46, who worked at a private hospital in Levin. They left for Spain on 18 May 1937.


Image courtesy of Susan Skudder. A version of this image can be found at this reference:

Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-C-016123-F
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa must be obtained before any reuse of this image.

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