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Tweddle Centenary - From 100 years to 1000 days

100 Years of Child and Family Health in Victoria

We at Tweddle today owe a debt of gratitude to all that came before us.

We are privileged and thankful to be still caring for thousands of Victorian families every year. Each chapter in our 100 years stems from the passion and dedication of many.

Tweddle owes its existence to four pioneering individuals; Dr John Springthorpe, Sister Maud Primrose, Mr James Hume-Cook and Mr Joseph Thornton Tweddle. Together they shared a desire to arrest the burgeoning rates of infant mortality devastating Victorian families.

From our founders, presidents, matrons and auxiliary members through to past and present volunteers, life governors, CEOs, Board members, nurses, early parenting professionals, mental-health workers, corporate and administration staff, through to the many thousands of babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, parents and carers that turned to Tweddle in difficult times, we thank you.

You all form the fabric of Tweddle’s history. You are all Friends of Tweddle.

We invite you to share your stories with us so that we may continue to document our rich history of child and family health for future generations. 


Mr Joseph Thornton Tweddle, Dr J W Springthorpe, Sister Maud Primrose and Mr J Hume-Cook


Tweddle would like to acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians,
past and present, of this land Wurundjeri on which Tweddle provide its services.