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Biographical entry Halford, George Britton (1824 - 1910)

26 November 1824
Petworth, Sussex, England
27 May 1910
Inverloch, Victoria, Australia
Anatomist and Physiologist


George Britton Halford was appointed to head the first Australian medical school in 1862 at the University of Melbourne as professor of anatomy, physiology and pathology. He was later professor of physiology 1882-1903.

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Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • George Britton Halford - Records, 1860 - 1949; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Butcher, Barry W., 'Gorilla Warfare in Melbourne: Halford, Huxley and 'Man's Place in Nature'', in R. W. Home (ed.), Australian Science in the Making, Cambridge University Press, Sydney, 1988, pp. 153-169. Details
  • Russell, K. F., 'Halford, George Britton (1824-1910)', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 4, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1972, pp. 321-322. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Kenny, A. L., 'The Halford Oration: Halford the Man', Medical Journal of Australia, no. 1, 1941, pp. 129-134. Details
  • Osborne, W. A., 'George Britton Halford: His Life and Work', Medical Journal of Australia, 1929, pp. 64-88. Details
  • Stawell, R. R., 'The Halford Oration. The Foundations of the Medical School and the Future of Medical Education', Medical Journal of Australia, no. 1, 1931, pp. 1-8. Details

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See also

  • Science and the making of Victoria, with Royal Society of Victoria, 2001, Details
  • Barrett, J., 'The Halford Oration. (The Progress of Medical Science from Professor Halford's arrival in Australia to the Present Day)', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 2, 1932, pp. 707-718. Details

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