Judith Fitton Collection

Scope and Content

The papers of Judith M. Fitton primarily relating to her training and career. The collection includes a few documents from her nurse training. The majority of papers relate to Fitton's work to develop a system of rural health nursing in Sabah, Malaysia, 1962-1971 and her nursing work in Brunei, 1957-1962.

The collection contains papers generated by Fitton's work as lead tutor on the Health Visitor course at the University of Leeds from 1975-1989 and copies of articles written by her. There is a small a file relating to her post as lecturer at Durham Technical College and also some personal papers.

There are also slides of scenes in Malaysia, Tunisia and Samarkand and films of girl guides and events in Malaysia and Brunei.

Administrative / Biographical History

Judith Fitton, Health Visitor, was born in Yorkshire in 1930. Initially training as a nurse at the Leeds General Infirmary, Fitton undertook the University of Leeds Health Visitor Course 1953-1954. Following this she worked in South East Asia for 14 years in Sabah, Malaysia and in Brunei.

While in Brunei, Fitton was the Guider of the 1st Brunei Town Girl Guide Company. She led them on a trip to the Girl Guides International Camp in the Yarra Valley, Melbourne, Australia in 1959.

For services to the state of Sabah she was awarded the medal of the Most Illustrious Order of Kinabalu in 1969. Fitton led the Health Visitor Course at the University of Leeds from 1975-1989. An important person in its development, she was the last tutor on the course. She died in 2008.

Access Information

This collection is subject to various access conditions. Please see individual catalogue descriptions for further details on access.

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed to Special Collections by Judith Fitton.

Conditions Governing Use

Material in this collection is in copyright. Photocopies or digital images can only be supplied by the Library for research or private study within the terms of copyright legislation. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain the copyright holder's permission to reproduce for any other purpose. Guidance is available on tracing copyright status and ownership.

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