Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

An image of a group of children around a table. They are being instructed by a white doctor and gaze at a bones on a table. Anatomical drawings hang on the walls around them, and one child holds a vile in the foreground. Below the image is text that reads: LEARNING TO BE DOCTORS IN FIJI. Throughout the British Colonial Empire much is being done to improve and maintain the health of the people. This important work is carried on not only by Europeans but also by local men and women who are trained to become doctors or nurses. Here are the medical students at work under the supervision of a British doctor in the Central Medical School at Suva, capital of the Colony of Fiji. They are not all Fijians; some come from other and far-distant Pacific islands. They will go home to heal the sick, to prevent the spread of diseases, and to raise the standard of health among their peoples.

Title: Learning to be doctors in Fiji

Artist/Maker: John Nunney, Alf Cooke Ltd, Leeds and London (printer)

Date: 1945-1989

Source: Imperial War Museums

Copyright/Permissions: © IWM Art.IWM PST 16139. Imperial War Museums Non-Commercial License

Location(s): Fiji; United Kingdom

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