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Sister Kenny Memorial
Sister Kenny Memorial

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A monument commemorates Sister Kenny who died in Toowoomba in 1952. 

Sister Kenny saw many victims of poliomyelitis and gradually developed her own methods of treating these patients. Her treatment, which concentrated on strengthening the muscles and encouraged patients to abandon their braces and splints and undertake active movements, was opposed by the medical profession but received strong community and political support. In 1932 she established a treatment clinic in Townsville and despite continuing opposition from the medical profession clinics using her methods were later opened in Brisbane and elsewhere.


Address:Victoria & Herries Streets, Outside Milne Bay Memorial Pool, Toowoomba, 4350
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.564294
Long: 151.950352
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

In Gratitude.

This memorial is erected in honour of Sister Elizabeth Kenny who died in Toowoomba on 30th November,1952.

During her lifetime she served her fellow men in many countries in the fight against Poliomyelitis.

Her untiring efforts and devotion to this cause brought hope to the stricken and paved the way for successful treatment.

She served not in vain.

Sister Kenny

1886     1952

Back Inscription

Save the moments while they stay
Seize and use them
Lest you lose them
And lament the wasted day

Source: MA, ACPH
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