And also for Doctor.
Daisy is an only child; an oddity at a time when large families were the norm. She's a bright and imaginative girl, taking after her grandmother Amy in many ways, and cherished by her extended family.
Daisy's War looks at the experience of family members left to manage the farms during World War I, with so many of the men away. In the next book (still a work-in-progress), the family faces the challenge of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, which in a two month period killed almost half as many New Zealanders as the four years of the war had done.
Daisy has dreams even larger than her grandmother's: she wants to be a doctor. In early 20th century New Zealand this is a large ambition, but Daisy is determined.
She's inspired by tales of woman doctors, including that of Margaret Cruickshank, who was New Zealand's first registered woman doctor.
Dr Cruickshank worked in the town of Waimate, in practice with a Dr Barclay. When the epidemic struck Waimate, Dr Barclay was still away on active service, and Margaret was managing the practice on her own. Her driver fell ill, but she continued to travel the district, by horse and gig or by bicycle, doing what she could for the sick. She even milked cows for some of her patients, in households where there was no one else to help.
By the time she caught influenza herself, her strength had been badly depleted. She died on 28 November 1918. The town of Waimate had a marble statue put up in her honour, inscribed with:
The Beloved Physician
Faithful unto Death
|Jock Phillips. 'Memorials and monuments - Civilian memorials, 1900–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand|