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Blog post from Monday, 12 May, 2014

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.

The State Library of New South Wales holds a number of manuscript collections containing letters from Florence Nightingale.