Margaret Monaghan set up and ran Bay View Private Hospital, one of the most successful and longest-running private hospitals in Townsville in the first half of the twentieth century. Margaret was a popular and well-respected woman, who deservedly enjoyed a revered position within the Townsville community. Margaret Jane Lewis Monaghan was born in Durham, England, in 1883 and later migrated to Australia with her family – arriving in early 1890. In […]
Trisha FieldingI am an independent historian and freelance writer, living in North Queensland, Australia. My research interests include: private midwives in early 20th century North Queensland, infant and maternal health in the early 1900s, and Bubonic Plague in Queensland. Winner of the 2015 John Oxley Library Award for contribution to Queensland History. Author of 2016 book 'Queen City of the North: a History of Townsville'
When Sarah Wheelhouse was 89 years old, she told a reporter from the Bowen Independent newspaper that during her time as a midwife she had probably delivered as many as 500 children, “and most of them without the assistance of a doctor”. This was 1950 – three years before her death. Sarah gave the reporter enough first-hand information to write more than 1,600 words on her life, and with it, […]