As soon as I saw this week’s prompt I thought of two photos in my collection. Both of these photos from the 1950s feature Allan Harris, my rugby league loving grandfather, dressed up as a most unattractive nurse. NOTE: I am definitely not saying that the nurses in the prompt are unattractive.
Luckily my grandmother wrote names and comments on the back of one of them.
Background: During the late 1950s and early 1960s young nurses represented Lismore Base Hospital as entrants in the Floral Carnival Queen competition. My grandfather Allan Harris was part of the hospital’s fund braising committee for that event (yet another committee).
Lismore’s Floral Carnivals took place in over a week in early September, with the first carnival being held in 1955. The carnivals ran annually for a number of years until, like many regional festivals, they stopped in the early -to-mid sixties.
The program of events included floral displays, garden competitions, parades, music, dancing, talent quests, and fireworks. One of the carnival’s highlights was the crowning of the Floral Carnival Queen.
These two photos are from that time. Can you add names and more context? I think that Photo 2 was taken in either 1957 or 1958.
Waddles (my aunt’s nickname) LBH Male nursing staff
Top row – Graham Carlill; Earl Greer; Les Nipperess; FayHuxley; unknown; Arthur Parkes
Sitting – Bill C: Jack Ellis he has his red cardigan on and looks like a ? sitting there
Then in front Mr Alf Jux; Allan Harris; Freddy Spinks & Harry Woolley
Note: The only “Sister’ in this photo is Freddy Spinks as he is wearing a nursing sister’s veil.