Florence the Woman

Gift from Australian Nurses to Nightingale, 1904

Display No. 32

The District Trained Nursing Society (DTNS), Adelaide, South Australia was established in 1894.

They sent this illuminated message to Nightingale at her home in South Street as a gift. It congratulates Nightingale for the “fiftieth anniversary of your arrival at Scutari”.


Gouache and ink on paper. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

Exhibits from ‘Florence the Woman’

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Nightingale is respected worldwide for her pioneering role in developing the nursing profession, her statistical work, and her evidence-based approach to healthcare. In honour of her bicentenary the World Health Organisation have named 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

In our special exhibition, you will find out about objects, people and places which tell interesting stories about Florence’s life and legacy. You’ll discover artefacts from her life, people she both inspired and challenged, and places she helped to shape. There’s many more insights too!

Please click on the different sections of her famous coxcomb diagram to explore various aspects of her life and legacy. We hope you enjoy exploring!