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(TV Mini-Series)

(2014)

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  • Overcoming intense hardship on the Greek island of Lemnos, Olive and Grace care for the injured troops from the botched August Offensive while Elsie fights to nurse her wounded husband Syd.

  • Olive and the others begin their work on the Greek Island of Lemnos, caring for the wounded who arrive from the Dardanelles with limited supplies and support from the Australian Army. Elsie fights to be able to provide proper care for Syd in Egypt.

  • On the barren, windswept Greek Island of Lemnos - close enough to Gallipoli to hear the boom of the artillery - Matron Grace Wilson (Caroline Craig) and her nurses arrive to no supplies and no hospital. To make matters worse, the conditions on Lemnos are barely fit for living, let alone nursing. Their Commanding Officer, Colonel Thomas Fiaschi (John Waters), is unsympathetic and hostile. If he had his way, there would be no women in a forward zone at all. Dispirited by the state of the hospital and overwhelmed by the suffering, one by one the staff of No 3 AGH take any opportunity to get off the island. But Grace encourages her nurses to improvise wherever possible, and tasks Olive (Anna McGahan) with keeping everyone's spirits up. Olive is determined to keep her promise, despite the toll Lemnos takes on her health and spirit. Water shortages and insanitary conditions lead to a wave of dangerous dysentery, to which she succumbs. A bright point amongst the hardship is the visit from Kiwi nurses, including Edith "Poppy" Popplewell (Brooke Williams) and Lorna Rattray (Robyn Patterson), who spend a couple of nights on Lemnos bunked in with the Aussie Sisters. Grace is devastated to learn that her beloved brother Graeme has been killed at Gallipoli, but with a steady rush of wounded coming in she - and Olive - have no choice but to soldier on. In Egypt, with Harry (Dustin Clare) away at the Peninsula, Xavier (Charles Mayer) continues his 'slow and steady' approach in wooing Alice (Georgia Flood), while Elsie (Laura Brent) receives the shocking news that Syd (Todd Lasance) has been wounded at Lone Pine. With Alice's help, Elsie gets leave to go to him at the British Hospital in Alexandria, where she has to deal with the fact that his head wound is life threatening whilst managing the obstacles of British red tape. When Syd regains consciousness, he is unable to speak and Elsie realises that, if he is to fully recover, she needs to be transferred there to "special" him. In negotiating her transfer, she antagonises the British staff, and Elsie finds she must draw on every ounce of courage, tenacity and skill she possesses if she is to save Syd's life.


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  • On the barren, windswept Greek Island of Lemnos - close enough to Gallipoli to hear the boom of the artillery - Matron Grace Wilson (Caroline Craig) and her nurses arrive to no supplies and no hospital. To make matters worse, the conditions on Lemnos are barely fit for living, let alone nursing. Their Commanding Officer, Colonel Thomas Fiaschi (John Waters), is unsympathetic and hostile. If he had his way, there would be no women in a forward zone at all.

    Dispirited by the state of the hospital and overwhelmed by the suffering, one by one the staff of No 3 AGH take any opportunity to get off the island. But Grace encourages her nurses to improvise wherever possible, and tasks Olive (Anna McGahan) with keeping everyone's spirits up. Olive is determined to keep her promise, despite the toll Lemnos takes on her health and spirit. Water shortages and insanitary conditions lead to a wave of dangerous dysentery, to which she succumbs.

    A bright point amongst the hardship is the visit from Kiwi nurses, including Edith "Poppy" Popplewell (Brooke Williams) and Lorna Rattray (Robyn Patterson), who spend a couple of nights on Lemnos bunked in with the Aussie Sisters. Grace is devastated to learn that her beloved brother Graeme has been killed at Gallipoli, but with a steady rush of wounded coming in she - and Olive - have no choice but to soldier on.

    In Egypt, with Harry (Dustin Clare) away at the Peninsula, Xavier (Charles Mayer) continues his 'slow and steady' approach in wooing Alice (Georgia Flood), while Elsie (Laura Brent) receives the shocking news that Syd (Todd Lasance) has been wounded at Lone Pine. With Alice's help, Elsie gets leave to go to him at the British Hospital in Alexandria, where she has to deal with the fact that his head wound is life threatening whilst managing the obstacles of British red tape. When Syd regains consciousness, he is unable to speak and Elsie realises that, if he is to fully recover, she needs to be transferred there to "special" him. In negotiating her transfer, she antagonises the British staff, and Elsie finds she must draw on every ounce of courage, tenacity and skill she possesses if she is to save Syd's life.

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