Lucy Osburn postmarked pre-stamped envelope
This postmarked pre-stamped envelope commemorates the arrival of Lucy Osburn in Sydney, on 5 March 1868, and her pivotal role in reforming local nursing.Read more
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This postmarked pre-stamped envelope commemorates the arrival of Lucy Osburn in Sydney, on 5 March 1868, and her pivotal role in reforming local nursing.
Each pre-stamped envelope can be used for one posting to any destination within Australia, delivered in accordance with the timetable applicable to the ordinary letter service as published by Australia Post from time to time.
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This postmarked envelope commemorates the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Lucy Osburn (1836-91) in Sydney on 5 March 1868.
She headed a team of six nurses sent on the recommendation of Florence Nightingale, and at the request of Henry Parkes, Colonial Secretary of New South Wales. Lucy Osburn and her team were expected to reform nursing at Sydney Infirmary and Dispensary (later called Sydney Hospital) and to found a nursing school there; the nurses they trained would spread the system of “Nightingale nursing” throughout hospitals in the colony. Lucy Osburn’s 16 years in Sydney were marked by controversy, but she eventually reformed nursing, making it a highly esteemed occupation for lay women. At the same time, her insistence on the Nightingale principle of patient-centred care profoundly and permanently improved medical outcomes. Lucy Osburn is accordingly honoured as the founder of modern nursing in Australia.
- Issue date: 5 March 2015
- Envelope design: John White
- Size: 110mm x 220mm
- Printer: EGO
- Paper: 100gsm Postspeed
- Printing process: Lithography
- Postmark: Sydney NSW 2000
A pre-stamped envelope contains the stamp denomination and the word Australia, located in the top right-hand side of the envelope.