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Sister Kenny Memorial
Sister Kenny Memorial

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A park commemorates Sister Elizabeth Kenny who was a pioneer in the treatment of Infantile Paralysis or polio, one of the world`s most devastating diseases.

Elizabeth Kenny (1880 – 1952) was an unaccredited Australian nurse who promoted a controversial new approach to the treatment of poliomyelitis. Her findings ran counter to conventional medical wisdom; they demonstrated the need to exercise muscles affected by polio instead of immobilizing them. Kenny's principles of muscle rehabilitation became the foundation of physical therapy, or physiotherapy. Her revolutionary treatment was rejected by the Australian medical establishment, but in the United States she was seen as a miracle worker and became a celebrity so much so that in 1946 a Hollywood movie was made about her life. Sister Kenny is buried in the Nobby Cemetery. 

Location

Address:Tooth & Sister Kenny Street, Sister Kenny Memorial Park, Nobby, 4360
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.854682
Long: 151.902574
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Medicine
Link: http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonl…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 26th August, 1958
Front Inscription

SISTER KENNY MEMORIAL

(Plaque)
ERECTED 26TH AUGUST, 1958
BY
CLIFTON SHIRE COUNCIL
NOBBY BRANCH Q.C.W.A.
AND FRIENDS OF
SISTER ELIZABETH KENNY

Source: MA,NRUM, ADB
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