The College of Nursing Archive

The College archive is the central repository for all material pertaining to the NSW College of Nursing and its successor organisation, the College of Nursing. The collection of material began when the College was established in January 1949.

The archive was formally established in 1985 with the purpose of maintaining a historical record of both the College's work and of nursing in Australia. Since that time the collections have been expanded to include the records of some notable nurses and selected nursing organisations.

The archives are located on Level 2, 14 Railway Parade, Burwood NSW.


NSW College of Nursing records from 1949, including educational records and teaching material, photographs and publications

RCNA NSW Committee/Chapter records

Florence Nightingale Committee Australia - NSW Branch records

Patient Assessment Information Systems (PAIS) Special Interest Group records

Muriel Knox Doherty Collection, records, photographs and ephemera

Marrickville Hospital Nursing Administration records, photographs and ephemera

Bush Nurses Association, partial collection of records of the late Kathleen Guest Thompson and Mollie Scott, including annual reports, photographs and histories, also records from the Tullabidgeal Centre

Institute of Nursing Executives (NSW & ACT) partial contemporary collection only

Nurses Christian Foundation (NCF) complete collection of ANCM & NCF records

NSW Operating Theatre Association collection, records and ephemera

Collections donated by individual nurses, eg Agnes Mary Lions, Hazel Henry, Merle Parkes, Rosalie Pratt, Dorothy Platt, Hazel Labka, Hilda Seavers et al.

A large collection of badges from nurse training schools, universities, nursing organisations and many of the nursing specialty group badges

Australian and international publications relating to nursing

research findings

historical texts and printed material

assorted nursing material and ephemera

College publications and monographs