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Memorial to be nursed back to full health

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/11/2016

A memorial to New Zealand nurses who died in the two world wars and in the 1918 flu epidemic is to be restored and strengthened.

The Nurses Memorial Chapel at Christchurch Hospital was originally built to commemorate the loss of 10 New Zealand nurses on the SS Marquette on October 23, 1915.

The British troop ship sank in the Aegean Sea after being torpedoed by a German submarine.

The neo-Gothic chapel opened in 1928 and now serves as a tribute to all New Zealand nurses who lost their lives in the two world wars and the 1918 flu epidemic.

Its stained glass windows also commemorate the work of peacetime nurses, such as Sibylla Maude, the pioneer of district nursing.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the building has survived against the odds, including proposals by two previous hospital boards to demolish it and the 2011 earthquake.

Work on the chapel is expected to be completed by early 2018.

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