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The marble tablet was erected in memory of Dr David Keith Ballow.

Dr David Ballow was one of Brisbane`s earliest Government Medical Officers. He and his wife arrived at Moreton Bay in 1838 at the end of the convict era and lived in the Surgeon`s House beside the Convict Hospital on North Quay. He was a dedicated medical practitioner.

His early death was caused by his professional involvement with a shipload of immigrants, who he was treating for their fever at the Dunwich Quarantine Station, where they were quarantined with typhus. Dr Ballow stayed over at Dunwich to help nurse his patients. There he caught typhus and died on September 29, 1850.


Address:373 Ann Street, St John`s Cathedral, Brisbane, 4000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.463702
Long: 153.029811
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

To the memory of 
David Keith Ballow 
Late Colonial Assistant Surgeon 
Coroner of the district 
And a Magistrate of the territory 
Who on the arrival in this port 
Of the ship "Emigrant" 
Having malignant typhus fever 
on board and with which the 
Medical Officer of that vessel 
was seized and subsequently 
Nobly undertook the duties of 
Surgeon Superintendent 
         of the 
Quarantine Station at Dunwich 
and fell himself a victim. 
Born at Montrose, Scotland 
27th October, 1804
Died 29th September 1850.

Source: MA
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