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Accession ID : P2009.611

Document type: Nursing Museum Photograph
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Description Patient with artificial limbs as a result of leprosy.
Materials Black and white photograph, copy
Item Dates 1962
Importance Regional
Significance note Historical importance for Nursing. Leprosy This copy of a 1962 black and white photograph shows Simon Roper, a patient with artificial limbs as a result of Leprosy [known today as Hansen’s Disease] with Sister Marion [olsh] at East Arm Leprosarium. There are two copies of this photograph in the Museum collections and one is currently on display in the Nursing wing entrance with the storyline of: His limbs were made in Adelaide [both legs were amputated] and the first set had to be returned because they were made flesh-coloured for a white person. Sister Marion received an OBE from the Queen in 1963 for her services in Leprosy care The first NT leprosarium was on Mud Island in Darwin Harbour from 1884 and shifted to Channel Island in 1931 and then to East Arm 1955. Nursing Nuns of the Catholic order of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart took over management of the leprosarium in 1943 until closure in 1982. Australian governments were tardy in changing leprosaria treatment from confinement and isolation to introduce modern drub therapies, aids to daily living and return to community. This photograph is part of the leprosy story from neglect and fear to treatment and preventative care, an annual case identification today of 0-12 and most commonly the sufferer is a recent immigrant. Leprosy is no longer endemic in Australia’s north. The photograph is incorrectly catalogued as stored in Corridor Cupboard 3 but is actually filed in Photograph Folder H and is in good condition. 1. Janie Mason 2014 From hospital to university – a Northern Territory nursing story, Historical Society NT – page 132. 2. Lesley Scott RN, Centre for Disease Control, NT Health - 2013
Location Status Displayed
Current Location CDU Corridor Cupboard 3
Source or Donor DOLSH
Condition of Item on Receipt Good
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