Celebrating the centennial with people who knew Tom Bowen and to mark the occasion the launch of their recollections in the Healing Hands, Unsung Voices Anthology

Dr Romney Smeeton DC, the only one of Tom Bowen's apprentices in full time practice gives an opening address to a celebratory gathering at Moongate Studios. The venue was chosen as in 2002, artists Geo and Jan Francis created the "Healing Hands" public monument installed at West Park Geelong, organised by Ron Phelan within sight of Tom Bowen's first formal osteopathic clinic address at 100 Autumn Street. 

Video credits:  Peter Haines, Lara.


Romney's speech:

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The Hon.Rod Mackenzie OAM was introduced and spoke to the days when legislation was created to register osteopaths and chiropractors and his endeavours to have a grandfather clause introduced to the Act to allow talented, successful lay practitioners like Tom Bowen to be registered. Despite this clause, the registration board rejected Tom Bowen, an action that Mackenzie considers went against the spirit of the legislation and he states that Tom Bowen should have been awarded an OAM for his outstanding service to the community.

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Professor Keir Reeves, Director of the Centre for Collaborative Research on Australian History at Federation University launches the Healing Hands, Unsung Voices Anthology and talks about the importance of claiming Tom Bowen for history and his place on that stage.


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For more about the book go the Healing Hands, Unsung Voices page.


Shirley Strachan, Anthology producer and now PhD candidate with Federation University Undertaking a thesis on Tom Bowen's genius thanks the contributors and the Moongate Gallery hosts. Romney Smeeton acknowledges Tom's daughter Heather in attendance and invites the gathering to a Moongate ceremony to acknowlege the transition to a new enlightenment and knowledge about Tom Bowen.

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The Moongate Ceremony

The day is completed with the Moongate ceremony as guests pass through the Moongate.

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