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Tweddle Baby Jim Hevey documents 95 years of history in Tweddle Tribute

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 05/04/16

Tweddle's 95 year history has been documented in an incredibly generous gesture by Tweddle baby Jim Hevey.

Jim was alerted to Tweddle’s 95th Birthday celebrations in the local paper asking for Tweddle babies to get in contact with their stories. Jim was born 11 weeks premature and admitted to Tweddle on the 9th of August 1939. 77 years later, Jim credits Tweddle with saving his life.

Over four months Jim researched Tweddle's timeline in great detail, including the lives of pivotal medical and nursing staff, auxiliary members, patron and patronesses, key dates for building and relocation and visiting dignitaries. Also covered include war time impacts, AGMs, Fundraising events and gradual changes to service delivery, Health Services Act changes, donation of land and much more.

We owe a great deal to Jim who has spent many months on the project. Throughout that time we have looked at many photographs and read many annual report and articles. Jim has donated 100 copies of the book to Tweddle for fundraising purposes. The 116 page book is available to purchase for $25. Email kerrie.gottliebsen@tweddle.org.au for more information.

Through this amazing historical tribute, we are reminded more than ever of the incredible debt we owe to the dedication of staff past and present. 

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