Nursing History

Marian McMahon

1986, 10:00 minutes, colour, english


"Initially, I was intrigued by the relationship between women's work as mother and women's work as nurse. Using family Super-8 footage I have attempted to create an understanding of how my past, as now differently understood, predisposed me to "choose" nursing as an occupation for ten years. In reviewing 60 minutes of Super-8 family footage, I realised that 40 of those minutes were of family weddings - sisters and female cousins. Whose history is this, (I wondered) anyway? The image of women in white emerge as the primary site of my enquiry." -M.M.

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