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The Memorial Baptistry and stained glass window are dedicated to the memory of Sister Elizabeth Kenny (1880 -1952). It is sponsored by the Kenny Foundation of the United States of America.

Elizabeth Kenny was born in Warialda in 1880 and overcame the lack of formal training to become a nursing sister and worked on troopships during World War One. In peacetime, she took an interest in the treatment of polio having opened her own hospital in 1913. When an epidemic occurred in Queensland in 1932, she set up her own clinic, introducing a technique of stimulating rather than immobilizing paralysed muscles. Medical establishment opposed her and in 1938 a Royal Commission condemned her techniques.

With the support of the Queensland Government, she introduced her techniques to the United States of America. Success followed there and “Kenny Clinics” were set up throughout the country.

Rev. J. L. Sullivan, Vicar of Warialda, says that in a new Church to be erected there the font in which Sister Kenny was baptised would be placed in a special baptistry which would form a memorial to her. It is expected that Bishop Moyes, when visiting U.S.A. shortly, will make appeals to the American people for contributions to the Sister Kenny Memorial.
Uralla Times (NSW), 13 May 1954. 


Address:40 Stewart Avenue, St Simon & St Jude Anglican Church, Warialda, 2402
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.544069
Long: 150.576321
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Religious Object
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription


This Baptistry is a tribute to the life
and work of Elizabeth Kenny who was
born at Warialda on September 20th
1880 and who was baptised at this Font
on October 14th 1880. As a result of her
work among the victims of Poliomyelitis

" Her name liveth forevermore"

The Gift of the Kenny Foundation U.S.A.

Source: MA
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