Tuberculosis in Echuca, and the Therapeutic Migration to Southeastern Australia (1889–1908)



In the second half of the nineteenth century, tuberculous individuals traveled to southeastern Australia with the hope that living in a new climate would cure them. But once they arrived at this new continent, which country town’s environment would offer the greatest chance of recovery? For many desperate patients the river port of Echuca, surrounded by forests and in a rural area, was their destination.

Author Biography

Rebecca Le Get, La Trobe University, Australia

Rebecca Le Get is an environmental historian and ecologist, currently focusing on the history of the land-use of remnant eucalyptus woodlands to the north of Melbourne that are associated with the treatment of tuberculosis. She is particularly interested in the history of the Victorian Sanatorium for Consumptives, and its influence on later, twentieth-century tuberculosis treatments in Victoria, after its closure. She is currently completing her PhD in History at La Trobe.