From Gallipoli to the Western Front – Australia’s trained nurses were there. Follow Sister Florence Whiting on her 4 year journey, from departure on the troopship Kyarra to tours of duty in Egypt, Lemnos and France.

Flo and her fellow nursing sisters are outnumbered and out of their element, their skill dismissed by senior officers. Against a backdrop of lantern-lit wards, bright Mediterranean skies and busy, muddy fields, we see Flo fight to find her place.

Based on meticulous research, Through These Lines is an honest account of women in war. There is humour, anger, hope, sadness and frustration. But most of all there is courage – Flo sees her task through to the end.

Out of the ordinary” — Sydney Morning Herald

Grabs the audience’s attention and emotions right ‘til the very end” — The Blurb

Sad. Affecting. And very worthwhile.” — Crikey

  • drama
  • 85
  • 6 total
  • 3 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • history
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Sister Florence Whiting

Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 13

EXTRACT: October 28th, 1915, Lemnos. Letters. Floods of letters after the drought. Glorious words of love and comfort from home. From him. From friends, from patients I can’t remember, from a few I can... Dust and blood. Blood red sunsets, wind, bugs and pain. Black skin of frostbite, like rotted leather. Bone. Old before my time.

Adult themes

Lieutenant William Davies

Male | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 26

EXTRACT: I see it all unfold. I stand at the bow of the lighter, all in silence, and about us battleships and destroyers float, dimly discernible in the thin moonlight. In front the precipitous cliffs are dark against the sky. The word of command comes, we push off, almost immediately – the cliffs and scrub awake with the crack of rifles and artillery.

Adult themes

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