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Rosemary Opala (Rosemary Fielding) was born on 1923 in Bundaberg, Queensland. Discover Rosemary Opala’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is She in this year and how She spends money? Also learn how She earned most of networth at the age of 85 years old?

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Age 85 years old
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Born 1923
Birthday 1923
Birthplace Bundaberg, Queensland
Date of death 2008
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Nationality Australia

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Opala wrote for much of her life with a prolific body of work focused on short stories, anecdotal essays and journalism. Opala learnt the craft of writing at a young age from her mother Ethel Fielding who occasionally had short stories and poetry published in The Bulletin and Flame. Opala states “I’ve written and drawn since early childhood in the days when owning one’s own book was a rare treat.” Much of Opala’s literary themes reflect her personal interests, experiences and social outlook. She has had pieces published in various national and local publications. Opala continued to write until her death in 2008.


In 2004, Opala was recognized in the Inaugural Women of Redlands exhibition ceremony by the Zonta Wynuum Redland Branch. This award recognized Opala’s contribution as an artist and Redlands Bay community activist through her work. She displayed artwork in shows for the Redlands Bay area and has donated her works for fundraising for community groups. In addition, Opala was nominated by the Friends of Peel Island Association and the Wilderness Preservation Society of Queensland for recognition as an Australian Living Treasure in 2002


Opala is a foundation and lifetime member of the Friends of Peel Island according to the 2002 nomination letter for Australian Living Treasure from the Friends of Peel Island Association (FOPIA). “Opala supports the community through art and writing and keeps records of flora and fauna”.


Opala continued to write on natural history and conservation through to the mid-2000s.


In the 1990s Opala began to publish her writing again, predominantly focused on her passion for natural history and conservation. She wrote journalistic columns for various community and national based publications often promoting local flora and fauna. Stylistically, Opala would often mix personal anecdotes and opinion with factual information to illustrate the beauty of her subject. Many of her columns featured her own illustrations. Publications featuring her environmental articles include:


Following Opala’s retirement from nursing in 1989, she continued to live an active life. Opala was involved in many community, writing and creative activities from her retirement until her 80th birthday in 2004. Already living in Caloundra, where she and husband Marian moved in the late 1960s, she continued to write frequently for various community outlets, including the Sunshine Coast Daily after her retirement. She also edited for the Caloundra branch of the Wilderness Preservation Society of Queensland’s newsletter.


In the 1960s after working at Peel Island, Opala and her Polish husband, Marian moved to Redland Bay and later to Coochiemudlo Island where they built a house near Main Beach. They had no children. Leaving the island in the late 1960s, Opala continued her career as a nurse, working in placements in Cleveland and Bundaberg, and eventually to Prince Charles hospital in Brisbane. In 1977 Opala received her diploma in Nursing administration, and took a position as a supervisor at Prince Charles Hospital Brisbane in 1980. She retired from nursing in 1989 and remained at Victoria Point in Redland Bay.

Opala published some pieces under pen names including Kay Brohm and Dymee Spokwi. Her career in fiction writing ended in the mid-1960s as she went back into full-time nursing.


Throughout the 1950s and until the mid-1960s, Opala had a career as a freelance writer, publishing short stories and anecdotal essays. Her work was published in prominent Australian women’s magazines including The New Idea, Woman, Woman’s Day and The Australian Woman’s Mirror. Opala’s content engaged in topical themes of the time for women and Australian society. Such themes included; family life (particularly the role of the mother and wife), childhood, inter-racial relationships, the assimilation of Australian migrants, public perception of nurses and the outdoors and the Australian environment.


Opala gained her diploma in nursing on 3 May 1945 from the Brisbane and South Coast Hospitals Board and was later admitted as a Fellow of the College of Nursing on 19 March 1977. She chose this career despite her artistic talents due to the demand for nurses during World War II. In addition, Opala


Opala moved to Brisbane in the 1940s to complete an art course at George Street Technical College (later Queensland University of Technology). At the commencement of World War II, Opala began nurses training after leaving art school, in order to ‘do something more useful than playing with paints’. Also during the 1940s, while training at Brisbane General Hospital, she was a freelance writer, with many short stories and essays published in Australia’s most prominent women’s magazines. At the same time Opala also took to sketching and drawing, which included patients and staff in the hospital and the Brisbane general hospital building.

While nursing in Brisbane, Opala encountered Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) patients from Peel Island, and was convinced to transfer to the Lazaret (Leper colony or Leprosium) on the island in the Queensland Moreton Bay area. From the late 1940s until 1959 when the Lazaret was closed, Opala worked on the Island with Hansen’s disease patients, with intermittent periods of other work on mainland Queensland. During the 1950s and 1960s Opala continued to write and sketch subjects such as her experiences on the Island and its native flora.

Throughout her career Opala worked as a nurse at St Anne’s, Westwood TB Sanatorium, Brisbane General Hospital, periods in private hospitals and her two terms on Peel Island. Opala assumed the role of a qualified nurse taking her first role at the Brisbane General Hospital, now Royal Brisbane Hospital with a fairly pessimistic view of the profession. While working there, Opala wrote on key issues facing the nursing profession documenting changes in requirements of education to become a nurse, changes in the duties of nurses and most significantly, the shift of nurse education from the hospitals and into colleges. She had a fairly pessimistic attitude early in her career, describing herself as a “glorified domestic” documenting her duties as revolving primarily around cooking and cleaning for the patients, rather than specialised medical duties. Whilst treating patients for Leprosy during her time at St Anne’s, Westwood TB Sanatorium, Opala developed an interest in the disease and a liking for the patients she encountered, her patient to nurse relationships unaffected by the social stigma surrounding Leprosy in Queensland at the time. As a qualified nurse, interested in Island life and nature, Opala assumed her first role as a nurse on the Peel Island Lazaret in the 1940s. Both young and naïve, Opala wrote extensively during her time on the island discussing cures, name changes, segregation of patients, misunderstandings as well as the social life of nurses and patients on the Island.

Opala created works based on her life as a nurse, her time on Peel Island, magazine writings and eventual retirement on Coochiemudlo Island. Available for viewing in the Fryer Library at The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Opala’s drawings from her time as a nurse at the Brisbane General Hospital depict the practices and occupations of the staff and patients as well as the various surroundings of the hospital. These drawings serve as historical artefacts in the documenting of the Brisbane General Hospital between 1940 and 1945 from the point of view of a female nurse and are valuable records of her own perception of her time spent at the Brisbane General Hospital. A series of watercolour, ink and pencil illustrations document details of scenes from the Brisbane General Hospital. Depicting patients, doctors and nurses as well as the surrounding area. This collection of illustrations provide insight into the medical practitioners and architectural landscape of Brisbane between 1940 and 1945.


Rosemary Opala (née Fielding) (1923–2008) was an Australian artist, writer and nurse, and is regarded for her work as a Queensland environmentalist, historian, social commentator and community activist.

Born in Bundaberg on 24 January 1923, Opala was raised in Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Opala lived with her parents Harold Fielding and Ethel Fielding (born Ethel, née Witney) and her younger sister Her mother, Ethel Fielding was a published author of poetry and short stories. Opala attended Palmwoods Primary School, and completed her education at Nambour High School