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Edward Swarbeck Hall: medical scientist and social reformer in colonial Tasmania


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Haynes, EF 1976 , 'Edward Swarbeck Hall: medical scientist and social reformer in colonial Tasmania', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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On January 15 , 1933 , Harold Latham of Auckland Road,
Greenmeadows , New Zealand, wrote to his cousin, Leventhorpe Hall, in
On 25th August , 1933, you will celebrate the hundredth
anniversary of your family landing in Hobart. I read
in the last Mail you sent those extracts from old letters
which gave such a clear picture of conditions as they
were in those days and in which you must all have shared
for years; all the hardships of pioneer days made worse
by the brutal convict system which your grand old fighting
father did so much to lessen, even against official
authority. I hope a fitting commemoration will be made
on the above date of the part the Hall family took in the
making of Tasmania as she is today.
Some years later, on a more formal not e , W. E. L. H. Crowther in
an Archibald Watson Memorial Lecture said:
The work of Dr E. S. Hall, MR. C. S., L. S.A., during many years
of practice in Van Diemen's Land and as the pioneer
epidemiologist of the Australian Colonies (Cumpston 1923)
is yet to be fully recognised. A member of the Old Religion
and an utterly loyal son of his Church, he became the best
known Catholic layman in our Island. Simple and humane
he worked primarily for the good of the orphans, the poor
and the outcast and exemplified the conception of a christian
gentleman. His published work is of great scientific interest
and value and, an ardent bibliophile , he pub lished in his
latter years a book entitled "Who Translated the Bible" in
support of the -early teaching of his Church.
An attempt has been made now with this study of Hall's life to fill a
long standing gap in Tasmania's history. The task was very rewarding;
not just an academic exercise, but a duty owed to Hall's memory and to
Tasmania's heritage .
As the story speaks for itself, it needs little introduction.
However, there are some features of the work which I would like
to explain.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Haynes, EF
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