As per our current Database, Vivian Full has been died on 3 July 2000(2000-07-03) (aged 84)\nPerth, Western Australia.
When Vivian Full die, Vivian Full was 84 years old.
|Popular As||Vivian Full|
|Age||84 years old|
|Born||December 18, 1915 ()|
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Vivian Bullwinkel was born on 18 December 1915 in Kapunda, South Australia, to George Francis and Eva Bullwinkel (née Shegog). She had a brother, John. She trained as a nurse and midwife at Broken Hill, New South Wales, and began her nursing career in Hamilton, Victoria, before moving to the Jessie McPherson Hospital in Melbourne.
Japanese troops invaded Malaya in December 1941 and began to advance southwards, winning a series of victories. By late January 1942 they were advancing through Johore and the 13th AGH was to evacuate to Singapore. A short-lived defence of the island ended in defeat, and, on 12 February, Bullwinkel and 65 other Nurses boarded the SS Vyner Brooke to escape.
Vivian retired from the army in 1947 and became Director of Nursing at the Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital. Also in 1947 she gave evidence of the massacre at a war crimes trial in Tokyo. She devoted herself to the nursing profession and to honouring those killed on Bangka Island, raising funds for a nurses' memorial and serving on numerous committees, including a period as a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial, and later President of the Australian College of Nursing.
Bullwinkel married Colonel Francis West Statham in September 1977, changing her name to Vivian Statham. She returned to Bangka Island in 1992 to unveil a shrine to the Nurses who had not survived the war. She died of a heart attack on 3 July 2000, aged 84, in Perth, Western Australia.
In 2001 Bullwinkel was inducted posthumously to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
Bullwinkel was reunited with survivors of the Vyner Brooke. She told them of the massacre, but none spoke of it again until after the war lest it put Bullwinkel, as witness to the massacre, in danger. Bullwinkel spent three and half years in captivity, together with Betty Jeffrey, Wilma Oram and Margaret Dryburgh. Another surviving nurse was Pat Darling, who died in 2007.
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE redeveloped the old Nurses quarters on its Fairfield campus in 2010 for residential student accommodation. A Common room is named after Vivian Bullwinkel, who was the Director of Nursing for many years at the Fairfield Hospital.