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On this day, 12 May 1820, Florence Nightingale was born.
An English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing, she came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was known as “The Lady with the Lamp” after her habit of making rounds at night.
She established the Nightingale Training School at St Thomas, London from funds raised during the Crimean War. At the request of Colonial Secretary Henry Parkes, six English nurses (Lucy Osburn, Haldane Turriff, Mary Baker, Eliza Blundell, Annie Miller, Bessie Chant) selected by Florence Nightingale were sent to Sydney to train Australian nurses at the Sydney Infirmary and Dispensary.