We’re naming our tunnel boring machines after groundbreaking women of Victoria.
Alice served as a nurse in both world wars and is Australia’s most decorated woman.
She was born in Ballarat in 1887 and attended school in Melbourne before beginning training as a nurse at the Austin Hospital, climbing the ranks to become acting matron.
When World War One broke, Alice enlisted as a staff nurse in the Australian Army Nursing Service. She was first sent to Egypt in 1914, to work at the 1st Australian General Hospital and then later posted in Suez, where a hospital was set up in an orphanage to provide treatment to casualties from Gallipoli.
On 17 July 1916, Alice was in France when the station she was working at was bombed. Her bravery and devotion to duty earned her a Military Medal.
During World War Two, Alice became a major for the Australian Army Medical Women’s Service. She was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal – the highest honour in the nursing field.
You have the chance to nominate a groundbreaking woman like Alice Ross-King, in our tunnel boring machine naming competition. You could win a VIP tunnel boring machine experience. See the competition page for more details.
Entries close on Sunday 7 October.