Pioneer Public Health Practitioners in the Port Phillip District

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Mueller Hall, Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens

Pioneer Public Health Practitioners in the Port Phillip District
Presented by Dr Walter Heale.

Dr Alexander Thomson was employed by the Port Phillip Association to provide health care to new settlers. Arriving in March 1836, he was briefly employed by Government, resigning to pursue pastoral interests. His temporary replacement was Dr. Barry Cotter responsible for the care of military personnel and prisoners, and re-employed in 1840 during the quarantine of the fever ship the Glen Huntly. In September 1837 Dr Patrick Cussen was appointed Assistant Colonial Surgeon who improved the primitive government hospital, employed a pharmacy assistant, and introduced vaccination. He supported the coroner Dr William Wilmot (appointed in 1841) in establishing the local registration of medical practitioners, becoming the President of the Medical Board. Along with Dr John Patterson he assessed the health of shiploads of immigrants, and was instrumental in establishing the Yarra Bend Asylum. The outcome was an 1854 Act establishing a public health system headed by a Chief Medical Officer.

Cost: $5, payable at the door, includes a delicious afternoon tea.

Bookings essential to or phone 9592 5616 (please leave a message).

C J La Trobe Society/Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage event. All welcome. If driving, leave ample time to park.


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