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Australian National Maritime Museum

Absolutely brilliant! Don’t miss it — the story of Australia’s WWI army nurses told with exhilarating style.

Follow Sister Florence Whiting on her four year odyssey — from departure on the troopship Kyarra, to tours of duty in the Dardanelles, on Lemnos, in Egypt, France and the Western Front.

Based on the letters and diaries of Australian army nurses, Through These Lines offers an intimate and unique theatrical experience, performed by a talented ensemble cast with authentic costumes and props for an immersive experience of the tumult of war.

We were stunned by the performances … the cast and crew can be very proud of the show … a treasure in the 100th anniversary year of the War to End Wars

Uplifting, terrifying and sad all at the same time … The cast was absolutely brilliant and swept the entire audience up in the history, struggles, happiness of love and crippling devastation of war. Get to see this show if you can, you won’t be sorry

Great balance of pathos, humour and insight … The performance was wonderful

Five unidentified nurses wearing life belts on board a transport ship. Source: AWM A03430

Through These Lines

September 2014


October 2014


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Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street
Darling Harbour, Sydney
Getting here
Located on Darling Harbour, the museum is walking distance from Sydney’s CBD and easily accessible by car, bike, ferry, bus or train.
Park all day for $13 at Harbourside Secure Parking, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont. Get your parking ticket stamped at museum reception. Parking also available at Star City Casino. Limited metered street parking.
Plan your visit
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$55 Adult, $45 Members/Concession
On the door
Tickets available at the venue prior to performance unless sold out
Doors open 60 minutes before performance
Performances start 2pm and 7.30pm
85 minutes, no interval
Latecomers will be seated during a suitable break in the performance


Dates and times
Thursday 25 September, 7.30pm
Friday 26 September, 7.30pm
Saturday 27 September, 7.30pm
Sunday 28 September, 2pm & 7.30pm
Friday 3 October, 7.30pm
Saturday 4 October, 7.30pm
Sunday 5 October, 2pm & 7.30pm
Exhibition entry
Matinee: includes access to the museum exhibition 'War at Sea' before or after show.
Evening show: includes access to the museum exhibition 'War at Sea' from 6.30pm and light refreshments. Show commences at 7.30pm.

The Venue

Our Sydney season is presented in association with the Australian National Maritime Museum, to coincide with the exhibition War at Sea: the navy in WWI.

Australian women nursed on board transport and hospital ships, from the North Sea to the Pacific, from Vladivostok to Mesopotamia.

British hospital ships Sicilia and Gascon were essentially floating casualty clearing stations during the landings at Anzac and Cape Helles, and at least 10 Australian nurses were mentioned in despatches for their work at Gallipoli, sometimes in range of Turkish artillery.

We took 700 on board, and when you think they all had to be fed, the 400 cot cases washed, and all those dressings done, fractures set, serious cases operated on, and every man’s name and regimental details entered up in the 24 hours, you will realize a little what our work was like. — Hilda Samsung

Join us in the theatre of one of Australia’s premier museums to hear the voices of our women at war.

Pictured, above and right: RMS Aquitania in service as a hospital ship, 1915 © IWM (Q 13628); Group portrait of Australian nurses and soldiers wearing their life vests aboard the troopship HMAT Euripides (AWM P08286.087)

Australian National Maritime Museum