(Community Recognition Statement, 14 October 2015, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
After visiting the wonderful Lucy Osburn-Nightingale Foundation Museum I wish to record the inspiring work of Curator Elinor Wrobel and the other volunteers who work on this intriguing collection of nursing and medical history, and the unique Kanematsu morbid anatomy collection.
The museum displays date from three years after Nightingale set up up in Britain when she sent Lucy Osburn to establish nursing training here on the Nightingale principles – super cleanliness, good ventilation, good food and caring for the person.
Elinor and her team have amazing stories about convict nurses, starched uniforms, tough matrons, and the history of our hospital system and treatments. I recommend visiting this interesting 1868 building and the impressive museum site just next door to the Parliament and learn about nursing history.
I look forward to the NSW Parliament helping to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the 1816 Rum Hospital, which has an indelible link with the NSW Parliament itself.