May 17, 2021
Dairy Handover WW1 Diary - Priscilla Wardle - Trainee Ballarat District Hospital, 1905 to 1908 and WW1 Nurse
Melbourne Legacy volunteer archivist, Kath, made it known on Victorian Collections that Melbourne Legacy held 10 pages of a diary, and her research suggested that it may have belonged to Priscilla Wardle. It was through recognising this connection that enabled Melbourne Legacy to reunite this archived project to where it belongs – in the hands of Priscilla Wardle’s descendants, who hold the rest of the diary.
Melbourne Legacy presented the missing 10 pages of Priscilla Wardle’s diary to her grandchildren.
Priscilla Wardle, a World War 1 nurse in France, had written a diary over 100 pages long, which was transformed by her descendants into a detailed diary transcription of over 300 pages, containing photographs, documents and letters. This diary transcription was then made available on Victorian Collections as a PDF.
Image: (left to right) from the back is Jo Moloney (CEO), Geoff Webb (President) and Lynda Bernard (Victorian Collections), and from the front displays archivist, Kath Leech and Priscilla Wardle’s granddaughters Judith Singleton, Amanda Carolan and Kay Sleeman (who was able to attend virtually).