Overseas Nursing Association 1896 Cape Badge with dated bar for 1927, silver.
Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.
In 1895 a proposal was made to the Colonial Office by Mabel W. Piggott, wife of the procureur and advocate-general of Mauritius, that an association should be formed in England to help British communities in the colonies and elsewhere to provide themselves with trained nurses. In many isolated territories skilled nursing was unobtainable; British officials and settlers and their families suffered severely, and doctors were much handicapped in their work, by the absence of trained nurses. Joseph Chamberlain, Secretary of State for the Colonies, took a personal interest in the proposal, and with his help the Colonial Nursing Association (renamed in 1919 the Overseas Nursing Association) came into being. The Overseas Nursing Association then existed from 1919 to 1972.