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Accession ID : P2005.110

Document type: Nursing Museum Photograph
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Description Miner's hospital, Shackle 1879
Materials Black and white photograph, copy
Item Dates 1987
Importance National
Significance note Historical importance for NT Health. Hospital There are two copies in the Museum collections of the photograph of the Miners’ Hospital 1879 at the Shackle [Yam Creek] from the Foelsche1 Collection [National Library of Australia]. One of two ephemeral early government hospitals in expectation of a gold bonanza – the Shackle Hospital 1878 was replaced with Burrundie Hospital 1888-1890. Except for the miserable first leprosarium in 1884, further government hospital building was not to occur until post WW1.2 This small short-lived settlement was on the Overland Telegraph line. This photograph shows early primitive buildings, looking to be hand hewn from local timber and roofed with sheets of bark weighted with timber and with vegetable gardens in front of the buildings. It clearly shows the loneliness and the need for the self-sufficiency for health practitioners working in an alien environment to provide a service for men and some women in this first Territory rush. The smaller photograph shows some sepia discolouration but is otherwise in good condition except for some sticky tape residue on the back. The larger is good black and white but with a couple of crease marks and its back has small remnants of sticky tape. Both have pasted notices on the back saying “Not to be reproduced without permission from the National Library of Australia”. The larger also has pasted details as “Miners Hospital, Shackle – Nov. 1979 – Foelsche Coll. R7/52”. The smaller has handwritten details in pen “Miners Hospital of 1879 at Shackle [Yam Creek]” and “Northern Territory Miners Hospital, Shackle, Nov 1879, Foelsche Collection B85 or 53, National Library of Australia” and in pencil “Yam Creek” and “[Burrundie Hospital]”. 1. Paul Foelsche [1831 – 1914] – a South Australian policeman and the NT’s first policeman, founder of the Freemason movement in the NT and fame as a brilliant amateur photographer. 2. Janie Mason 2014 From hospital to university – a Northern Territory nursing story, Historical Society NT – pp 12-13; Jacqueline O’Brien 1988 “Looking back at nursing” in Val Dixon [Ed] Looking back – the Northern Territory in 1988, Historical Society NT
Location Status Stored
Current Location Photo Box 2
Source or Donor FOELSCHE Paul
Condition of Item on Receipt Good
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