RUBY, a 2007 turbo diesel Volkswagen beetle and Pearl, a 1974 Franklin Regent caravan are Liz Capaldi's tribute to war nurses.
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Mrs Capaldi has 40 years experience in the nursing field and with a family connection to World War II, it was the perfect theme for her two-person caravan.
"I worked in the Kimberly area as a nurse and then became a flight nurse up there [in WA] before getting a job with Air Ambulance in Sydney and now I work at Lithgow Community Health," Mrs Capaldi said.
"I chose the war theme because there's a bit of a family connection to war with my dad serving in the Royal Navy at the age of 18 during WWII as Midshipman and was discharged in late 1957 as Lieutenant Commander.
"My husband was in the air force and now we also have a son in the Australian navy," she said.
"I think that and my being a nurse had a bit of an influence so it all just tied together."
Mrs Capaldi and her husband bought Pearl for $500 out near Portland and spent around $4000 renovating it.
"It's taken some time to get her organised but since then we've taken her around NSW and Victoria," she said.
Over the years Mrs Capaldi has collected nursing memorabilia to decorate the van.
"I've got enamel wear, books on nursing in the wars, pictures, tea towels and I've had handy work given to me such as the bunting that decorates the outside from a friend," she said.
She's also taken to eBay where she found her favourite piece, a medical pannier.
"It's the piece that I love and probably my favourite. It's a medical pannier from World War I that would hang on the backs of horses," she said.
"It's a canvas covered wicker basket with leather straps and buckles to hold it all together."
The pannier sits under the bed which is covered with World War II woollen army blankets.
"They have the labels with the dates on them which makes them extra special," Mrs Capaldi said.
She said her favourite trip thus far in Ruby and Pearl was to the silos in Devenish, Victoria.
"There is an artwork of a World War I nurse on the silos. It was probably one of the best trips we've done," she said.
Mrs Capaldi said the caravan was a tribute to all nurses in all sorts of unique situations.
"It reminds me of all the unique situations that nurses work in not just military but all different areas.
"It's a tribute to everyone who works in the field and I've loved nursing my whole life," she said.
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