Discover More Talk - July

Saving Townsville’s Children

In Queensland at the beginning of the twentieth century, just over ten per cent of infants died before their first birthday. Growing concern about this appalling rate of infant mortality sparked a movement throughout Australia known as the Infant Welfare Movement.

This talk by local historian Trisha Fielding explores what effect, if any, the Infant Welfare Movement had on infant mortality in Townsville between 1895 and 1930 by looking at what particular health services were available to mothers and their infants during this period; and at the main causes of death in infants under one year of age at this time.

Trisha Fielding holds a Master of History degree from the University of New England and her work is known locally through her blog on North Queensland History, as well as through her ‘History Chat’ series of talks on ABC Local Radio in 2013. Trisha’s research into bubonic plague in Townsville was published in the Queensland History Journal in 2011 and her publication Flinders Street Townsville: A Pictorial History won a National Trust of Queensland Award in 2010.

Discover More, our series of monthly lectures, are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 12noon. The talks cover a wide range of subjects and are delivered by experts in the relevant field.


Event Details

08 July 2014, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Free with Admission
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