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Nancy Wake

'The White Mouse'

A portrait story describing the amazing life of World War II resistance fighter, Nancy Wake.

Nancy Wake portrait story
Video: 2 minutes

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Nancy Wake - The White Mouse, 2001 Melissa Beowulf.

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Nancy Wake - The White Mouse, 2001 Melissa Beowulf
Nancy Wake - The White Mouse, 2001 Melissa Beowulf
Nancy Wake - The White Mouse, 2001 Melissa Beowulf
Nancy Wake - The White Mouse, 2001 Melissa Beowulf

Capturing the Mouse

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

Nancy Wake AC (b. 1912), one of the most­ decorated women of World War 2, earned the name the 'White Mouse' for her maddening ability to evade the Gestapo.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.