Author: Rebecca Le Get

Rebecca Le Get (she/her) is an environmental historian and ecologist, currently focusing on how the grounds of tuberculosis sanatoria in south-eastern Australia were used. She is particularly interested in how and why these landholdings frequently became nature conservation reserves in the later 20th century. Rebecca completed her PhD in History at La Trobe University in Melbourne.
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A Healing Hillock, or a True “Magic Mountain”? On Defining the Locations of Tuberculosis Treatment

Tuberculosis in the nineteenth century was a big business in the British Empire. With the development of mineral spa towns in Australia, the promulgation of localities deemed to be the most suitable for the treatment of tuberculosis “meant there was no slow accretion of legend or folk medicine… it was always self-consciously scientific” in how sites were appraised and described.