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Biographical entry Cumpston, John Howard Lidgett (1880 - 1954)

Born
19 June 1880
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Died
9 October 1954
Forresy, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Epidemiologist and Health administrator

Summary

John Howard L. Cumpston was the first Director-General of the Commonwealth Department of Health when it was created in 1921, a position he retained until 1945. He had joined the Health Department in 1908 after working with C.J. Martin at the Lister Institute.

Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • John Howard Lidgett Cumpston - Records, 1850 - 1945, B1536; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • John Howard Lidgett Cumpston - Records, 1906 - 1953, ML MSS 3000; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • John Howard Lidgett Cumpston - Records, 1914 - 1929, MS 434; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • John Howard Lidgett Cumpston - Records, 1852 - 1981, MS 613; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Cumpston, H. J. L., Augustus Gregory and the inland sea, Roebuck Society, Canberra, 1972, 146 pp. Details
  • Cumpston, J. H. L., The history of smallpox in Australia (1788-1908), Government Printer, Melbourne, 1914, 182 pp. Details
  • Cumpston, J. H. L., The history of diphtheria, scarlet fever, measles and whooping cough in Australia (1788-1925), Department of Health, Melbourne, 1927, 617 p. pp. Details
  • Cumpston, J. H. L., The inland sea and the great river : the story of Australian exploration, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1964, 205 pp. Details
  • Cumpston, J. H. L. and MacCallum, F., The history of smallpox in Australia (1909-1923), Department of Health, Melbourne, 1925, 243 p. pp. Details
  • Cumpston, J. H. L. and McCallum, F., A history of the intestinal infections (and thyphus fever) in Australia 1788-1923, Department of Health, Melbourne, 1927, 738 pp. Details
  • Cumpston, J. H.L. and McCallum, F., The history of plague in Australia, 1900-1925, Department of Health, Melbourne, 1926, 238 pp. Details
  • Spencer, Margaret, John Howard Lidgett Cumpston, 1880-1954: a Biography, the author, Tenterfield, 1987, 311 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Roe, Michael, 'Cumpston, John Howard Lidgett (1880-1954), First Director-General of the Australian Department of Health', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 8, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1981, pp. 174-176. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A080194b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Anon, 'John Howard Lidgett Cumpston', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 1955, no. 1, 1955, pp. 191-3. Details
  • Hyslop, Anthea, 'A Question of Identity: J.H.L. Cumpston and Spanish Influenza, 1918-1919', Australian Cultural Hstory, vol. 16, 1997-1998, pp. 77-95. Details

Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.