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Sister Kenny Mural
Sister Kenny Mural

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A mural commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the death of Sister Elizabeth Kenny.

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. 


Address:Tooth Street, Sister Kenny House, Nobby, 4360
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.853552
Long: 151.902827
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Art
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Janice Young (artist) / Lorna Rickert (designer)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 30th November, 2002
Front Inscription

This Plaque Was Unveiled By Professor
John Pearn On November 30th 2002.
To Commemorate The Nursing Career Of
Especially For Her Dedication To
Poliomyelitis Sufferers Worldwide.
It Was Designed By Lorna Rickert, Nobby
And Made By Janice Young, Toowoomba.

Source: MA
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