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ANZAC Day 2024: Why 50,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers used to call Harefield their home

Season 1, Ep. 7

What links Harefield Hospital so strongly to Australia and New Zealand?

A question not many people may know the answer to, but Harefield wouldn't be one of the leading heart and lung centres it is today without its connection to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who served in the First World War. 

In this special episode for ANZAC Day 2024, we explore how Harefield Hospital became the No.1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital in treating injured Australians and New Zealanders, and why, one hundred years on, this connection remains so important to Harefield and its staff - including Australian-born Clair Mullins (Theatre Services Manager) and Mark Bowers (Divisional Interventional Lead) who explain what the connection between their workplace and home means to them.

Also in this episode, Sarah Chaney, a historian who led on the Harefield Centenary project, offers fascinating stories from this moment in Harefield’s history – from the special community spirit forged between Harefield villagers and ANZAC soldiers, to the wallabies that would roam around the hospital fields.

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