CORRECT WEIGHT: Vice president Ina Le Bas shows off the 1921 Hughes Baby Weigher from St Leonard’s Maternity Hospital in Alstonville.
CORRECT WEIGHT: Vice president Ina Le Bas shows off the 1921 Hughes Baby Weigher from St Leonard’s Maternity Hospital in Alstonville. Doug Eaton

Medical highlights on display

FROM the depths of Australia's medical histories comes Crawford House Museum's latest exhibition, Alstonville's Medical Milestones.

Using items from Alstonville Plateau Historical Society's collection, this exhibition will introduce the doctors, nurses, chemists and dentists who have given often selfless service to the village of Alstonville, said Cathy Cohen of the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society.

"Everyone has an interest in health, so visit this exhibition and see how services have changed and our medical knowledge expanded over the past 100 years," she said.

The exhibition displayed historical pieces and information on medical centres and doctors in Alstonville, from 1911 to the present, vice president of Alstonville Plateau Historical Society Ina le Bas said.

Mrs le Bas explained that Jane Gardiner of the Historical Society had spent a lot of time and effort doing the research for this exhibition, so that the people of Alstonville could learn about the town's medical history.

This begins with Alstonville's first permanent doctor, Dr W.H Tomlins, and ends with information about the town's current long-running doctors such as Dr Tony Lembke, Dr Paul Earner, and Dr Jimmy Chiu. A room is dedicated to Dr John McGill, one of the town's longest-serving permanent doctors, medical bag, instruments, certificates, name plates, and World War II medals.

In another room, you'll find a set-up displaying items used in St Leonard's Maternity Hospital that used to be in The Avenue, and the Baby Health Centre, which ironically used to be in this exact room of Crawford House.

Another room is dedicated to the nurses and receptionists who have served in Alstonville, while the back veranda holds a display of early glasses and spectacles, thanks to Roslyn Moyle, a local optometrist.

Alstonville's Medical Milestones

From May 19 at the Crawford House Museum, Wardell Road, Alstonville. Open Fridays, 10am-4pm, and Sundays, 1-4pm.


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