South Australian Medical Heritage Society
Society Website & Virtual Museum

Iron lung - polio epidemic

Headache powders which damaged kidneys


Kidney biopsy

Welcome and please enjoy!

Upcoming Meetings:

April 27th, 2017

The next general meeting of the SAMHS will be on Thursday, 27th of April at the Royal Society Rooms, Kintore Ave, Adelaide at 5:30 pm.

Our guest speaker this month is Dr Jeff Seidel, who will talk about mosquitoes - pesky, disease-ridden, irritating and constantly whining. Is there anything good about them?

Members and guests are welcome.

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Field trip: Torrens Island Quarantine Station. Meet at 11am in the foyer of the SA Maritime Museum, 126 Lipson St, Port Adelaide, SA, 5015

This year our SAMHS Field Trip is to the Torrens Island Quarantine Station, on Sunday 7th May, 2017.

The field trip has two components: firstly, SA Maritime Museum staff will guide us around the historic Torrens Island Quarantine Station (cost $25pp) from 11:15am - 1:15pm. We will travel in a small bus departing from, and returning to, the Maritime Museum. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended as we will walk on gravel paths and grassy areas with some rough ground. Disabled facilities are limited and access to the rest rooms is by stairs. This tour is limited to 23 people and we are required to pay a deposit for each person booked on the tour.

Our SAMHS meeting point will be at 11am in the foyer of the SA Maritime Museum, 126 Lipson St, Port Adelaide, SA, 5015.

If you plan to attend the Torrens Island Quarantine Station tour on Sunday 7th May, please email the Secretary so your name can be added to the attendance list.

We would like everyone booked on the tour to pay their $25 to the SAMHS Treasurer at the next meeting, that is, Thursday 27 April, 2017.

Secondly, a booking for lunch will be made at a local hotel in Port Adelaide at 1:30 pm (own cost).

SAMHS members can elect to attend either or both events.

Members are encouraged to invite guests.

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nurses rah 1939
RAH nurses 1939

Amoeba causing meningitis

old obstetric stethoscope
Old obstetric stethoscope

Bragg hand x-ray 1896

RA Fisher,
statistics pioneer. His ashes are buried at St Peter's Cathedral, North Adelaide

Mask &
bottle for anaesthesia in tonsilectomy