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Study Queensland serum protein and red cell enzyme testing (1967 - 1969)



In a continuation of work done previously, samples from different populations in Queensland were collected and sent to the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Canberra for serum protein and red cell enzyme testing. The samples were collected from children at Cherbourg and Yarrabah by Dr David Jose, Senior Research Fellow at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) as part of a child health survey in 1967.


Bob Kirk also requested and received serum samples from Doomadgee and Mornington Island. This was coordinated by David Rolla Cooke of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, who first sought permission from the two missions and from the Director of Aboriginal and Island Affairs.

Bob Kirk also received serum samples from David Jose that had been collected as part of a study investigating the causes of enlarged liver found in children. Blood was collected from the following locations in Queensland: Woorabinda, Palm Island, Mitchell River, Edward River, Aurukun, Weipa, Bamaga. Only samples from Aurukun, Weipa, Bamaga and Doomadgee have been stored in the NCIG biorepository.

In 1972, Bob Kirk again liaised with QIMR (Dr Doherty) to obtain 12 blood samples for enzyme typing. These samples had been collected from Mitchell River as part of a parasite infestation-malabsorption-malnutrition study for the purpose of conducting further serum protein and red cell enzyme typing. Kirk also received 19 samples from Kowanyama via John Taylor at James Cook University.

Archival resources

National Centre for Indigenous Genomics

  • Correspondence, 1974 - 1975, 02D-36; National Centre for Indigenous Genomics. Details
  • Correspondence, 1972 - 1979, 02D-38; National Centre for Indigenous Genomics. Details