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Rebecca Le Get graduated with a PhD in 2019, where she researched the environmental history of contagious disease treatment, in particular tuberculosis, in the Australian state of Victoria. This research is ongoing as an independent scholar.
By the turn of the twentieth century, tuberculosis was understood as a public health concern in Australia. In response, state governments began to construct specialised hospitals, called sanatoria, for the isolation, education and treatment of tubercular patients. The treatments undertaken in these institutions could involve work in the outdoors, r...
The history of the treatment of tuberculosis in Australia has largely been focused on the development of medical treatments, the architectural features of custom-built sanatoria and the human impact of the disease in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These discussions often mention contemporary debates amongst medical men and the laity...
In the second half of the nineteenth century, tuberculous individuals traveled to southeastern Australia with the hope that living in a new climate would cure them. But once they arrived at this new continent, which country town’s environment would offer the greatest chance of recovery? For many desperate patients the river port of Echuca, surround...
Doctor Duncan Turner was a Melbourne-based physician with a speciality in chest diseases, including tuberculosis. Active from the 1880s to the 1910s, he had a prominent position in Victoria’s medical fraternity. He is primarily remembered an example of the persistence of contagionist-theory denialism in Australia during this period. Such characteri...
When contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) was first detected on a farm north of Melbourne, at Bundoora, in 1858, the predominant theory of miasma was being challenged by contagionist theories of disease transmission. This well‐documented case was recorded during a period of change in the scientific assessment of disease and therefore affords an...
Four government-run tuberculosis sanatoria, located within grassy eucalypt woodlands, once operated in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Their landholdings have been partially retained as bushland reserves because of their biodiversity. Yet the reasons for these four properties sharing similar ecology and institutional purposes are largely unknown...
Previously the locations of medical institutions, there are numerous Crown land holdings in Victoria that are now reserved for conservation purposes. Examining the environmental histories of these hospital sites has implications for how these parklands in the present must be managed to conserve their biodiversity as well as their histories into the future.