Historical information

Donated by family and friends in memory of Alfred nurse Eileen Rutherford in 1953. Eileen, a graduate of 1935, died on the Hospital Ship Centaur, bombed by the Japanese in May 1943.
The sundial was demolished, along with the Main Nurses' Home in 1996. The dial and commemorative plaque were salvaged by the Archive.


The sundial, originally placed in the garden in front of the Main Nurses' Home was to remind the nurses of the future of the sacrifices of nurses during war.

Physical description

Metal sundial and plaque.

Inscriptions & markings

On the plaque: 'Be as true to each other as the dial is to the sun'.
On the sun dial: Roman numerals, showing hours, minutes and the months of the year.