Pixie Annat biography


by Colleen Ryan Clur
published by UQ Press

The inspiring story of a Queensland woman who fought for recognition of nurses throughout her long and distinguished nursing career, and later campaigned on behalf of the elderly and homeless women.

A gifted storyteller, Isobel Mary (Pixie) Annat grew up in rural Queensland and trained to be a nurse shortly after World War II. Working first at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, she went on to forge an extraordinary career as matron, then CEO, of St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane.

Pixie Annat: Champion of Nurses draws on anecdotes from Pixie’s personal journey and documents the important contributions made by medical colleagues during her more than 50-year career working in healthcare. It also recounts her years as a leader of the Royal Australian Nursing Federation.

Service has been the golden thread of Pixie’s life, connecting her many roles which include matron and CEO of St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, nursing leader and a brilliant fundraiser and campaigner for a host of causes.


Pixie celebrates her 85th birthday on 18 March 2015 with the official launch of her biography in Brisbane.

Pic of Pixie Annat London Taxi 1954

St Andrew's Hospital early 70s pic.

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