Also known as: Sister Elizabeth Kenny
Died: 30/11/1952Special Achievements:
1911 - First person to implement an effective method of treatment for Infantile Paralysis (Poliomyelitis).
1927 - Designed and patented the "Sylvia"ambulance stretcher which reduced shock in the transport of injured patients.
1916 - Elevated to the rank of Sister.
1919 - Discharged from Army.
First president of the Nobby [Queensland] Chapter, Country Womens Association.
1940 - Left for America to continue research on her polio treatment; her fare was paid by the Queensland government. Her methods became widely accepted, and within a year she began teaching doctors and physiotherapists.
1943 - Published her autobiography, And They Shall Walk.
1943 - The Elizabeth Kenny Institute founded to train physiotherapists in her methods (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA).
1946 - Was eulogised in the film Sister Kenny.
1950 - United States Congress gave her the rare honour to enter and leave the United States of America as she wished without a visa.
1955 - Second volume of her autobiography, My Battle and Victory, published.
The Dahlia Bipinnata "Sister Kenny"and the Floribunda Rose "Sister Kenny" named in her honour.
Recipient of three honorary degrees: Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Rochester (New York, USA); Doctor of Humane Letters, New York University (USA); Master of Arts, Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA).
(2001, 20 January). Centenary of Federation. New Idea, 19.