Kill or cure: medical conditions of the 19th century

Event Information

  • 29 Oct 2010 10:00am - 11:30pm
  • Eltham Library, Panther Place
  • Eltham
  • Victoria
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  • Cost: Free

Lady Teviot is the President of the UK Federation of Family History Societies and she will shed light on being sick in the 1800s.

What were you most likely to die from or did you in spite of some of the remedies get better and live to tell the tale? What was it like to be in hospital, how long were you there for, how well did you get treated and what were some of the other patients like? What were the pros and cons of vaccination? How did you qualify as a doctor, nurse or midwife? What was it like having an operation?  What was dentistry like? What were some of the strange cures, strange sounding ailments and odd causes of death cited in the 19th century. 


Lady Teviot was born in Sussex and educated at Avondale College, Hove. In 1965 Lady Teviot married the Honourable Charles John Kerr, who three years later succeeded his father as Baron Teviot in the House of Lords, his main interests were Transport and Archives. Lord and Lady Teviot have two children Charles and Catherine.

 Lady Teviot has been involved with Family History Research for over thirty five years, she also specialises in Probate Research. Lady Teviot has lectured and fulfilled media engagements in Australia (including Good Morning Australia) South Africa, Canada, USA and New Zealand.

 Lady Teviot has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Family History Societies including International Liaison Officer, from 1995 until April 2001, when her term came to an end.

 In April 2001, she became the President of the Federation of Family History Societies a position she still holds.  Other appointments include a member of the Executive Committee of the Sussex Family History Group and the Council of British Records Association from 1998 - 2000. In the United Kingdom Lady Teviot is on the list of accredited speakers for the East and West Sussex and Surrey Women's Institutes. 

 Over the last few years Lady Teviot has been invited and delighted to speak to Rotary Clubs and other organisations in the UK and Australia.

Lady Teviot will be speaking at four other YPRL libraries this week.

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