Kenny, Elizabeth

Kenny, Elizabeth

Kenny, Elizabeth, 1886-1952, Australian nurse, b. New South Wales, grad. St. Ursula's College, Australia, 1902. She became "Sister" Kenny as a first lieutenant nurse (1914-18) in the Australian army. While caring for poliomyelitis victims in her homeland, she developed a method using hot, moist applications in conjunction with passive exercise. She came to the United States in 1940 to demonstrate her techniques, which were used extensively with good results. She was coauthor with John F. Pohl of The Kenny Concept of Infantile Paralysis and Its Treatment (1942); with Martha Ostenso she wrote the autobiographical And They Shall Walk (1943).

See biography by H. J. Levine (1954).

Kenny is a designated suburb in the Canberra, Australia district of Gungahlin.

The suburb is planned, but building has not yet begun as of 2007. The postcode is 2911.

It is next to the suburbs of Watson, Mitchell, Harrison and Throsby. It is bounded by the Federal Highway and Horse park drive.


Located in the suburb is part of Sullivans creek, which flows on into Mitchell. This is the lowest point at 582 meters. The high side is on the east, with creeks flowing in the south west direction. The suburb is fairly flat.

Before building starts the area consists of farmland including Bendoura, and Canberra Park farms.


The geology of the area is mudstone and shale from the Canberra Formation of middle Silurian age. Around the creeks is plenty of alluvium.


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