Papua New Guinea Association of Australia Collection, UQFL387, Box 31, item 1
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The Papua New Guinea Association of Australia Collection consists of photographs, typescript articles, correspondence, diaries, notes and ephemera documenting personal experiences of colonial administration and general life in Papua New Guinea. The collection was assembled by Dr Peter Cahill, from material donated by members of the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia.
First entry in diary is dated December 27th 1934 at Trevallyn Road, [Launceston, Tasmania] and ends January 28 1940. Four years after leaving high school Blanche saved enough money to enter nursing at the Launceston General Hospital. While she had been nursing in the TB Ward at the Launceston General, she had herself picked up tuberculosis. She spent 6 months in the Sanatorium in Hobart, and following that, six years back with her parents in Scottsdale.
Lucy Blanch Biggs was born on 20 December 1909 in Scottsdale in Tasmania. She completed her medical training at the University of Melbourne, graduating MB BS in 1946. She held appointments at the Bendigo Base and the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospitals before embarking on work as a medical missionary in Papua New Guinea. Dr Biggs was the first medical Coordinator for the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea from September 1948 to January 1974 working in the northern district of Papua. In 1948 she was appointed by the Australian Board of Missions to Eroro and spent the next twelve years in Eroro in general practice before moving onto St Luke’s TB hospital in 1968. She was transferred to medical administration at Popandetta and resigned in 1974. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 1 January 1975 for her work as a medical missionary in Papua New Guinea. Her life in Papua is detailed in her regular newsletters – 110 of them over 25 years – which she published under the title ‘From Papua with love’. (Information Francis, Rosemary. (2002). Biggs, Lucy Blanche. Retrieved from http://www.womenaustralia.info/biogs/IMP0241b.htm; Biggs, John. (2008). Eulogy: Lucy Blannche Biggs)