Men and Women outside Hospital at Barambah Aboriginal Settlement 1911

1909 — A rudimentary hospital accommodating four beds is built.

“…a soup kitchen, where the old and helpless can have good nourishing food prepared, has also been erected and a cook installed.”
— Annual Report to Chief Protector of Aboriginals 1909

Dr Pointon, the storekeeper and medical attendant resigns in August 1909. Dr David Junk from Wondai is appointed visiting medical officer. His duties are to visit the settlement once a month and attend to emergencies. Nurse Beeston takes up the duties of storekeeper and settlement nurse.


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