Burnett nurse shares WWII story
THE South Burnett is home to one of Australia's last surviving World War II nurses.
Booie's Jean Black, who celebrated her 100th birthday in February, is proud she volunteered to join in the war effort when it broke out in 1939.
"I just felt at the time, it was something that I could do," she said.
She responded to an advertisement in the paper to do a first aid course and soon after finished up bookkeeping at an advertising firm to do nursing.
"They were very short of help at the Greenslopes Military Hospital so my friend and I decided to join up," Mrs Black said.
They belonged to the voluntary aids detachments before joining the army.
She served on Australian soil for nearly four years at the military hospital, patching up wounded soldiers home from the war.
Mrs Black said the war came close to home with the Japanese flying over Brisbane at one point and the bombings in Darwin.
"Anzac Day, it just brings back many memories, of the patients we saw in the hospital," she said.
She remembers caring for the first lot of patients who had come down from Papua New Guinea after the first Japanese bombings.
"It was always interesting to hear any stories from the boys in the hospital, of things that happened to them," Mrs Black said.
"And it brings back so many more memories of my brother because I was really worried about him."
Mrs Black's brother, who had always encouraged her to pursue nursing, fought in World War II in Papua New Guinea.
"I'm very proud of what's he's done," she said.
Her brother's war medals are proudly kept not too far from her own two medals at the Booie property.
Mrs Black has participated in the Kingaroy Anzac parade and service for decades to remember the soldiers she had cared for in the Brisbane Military Hospital.
"It's a sad day in some ways, I never thought I'd get to this age."