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Biographical entry Stirling, Edward Charles (1848 - 1919)


8 September 1848
Strathalbyn, South Australia, Australia
20 March 1919
Mount Lofty, South Australia, Australia
Anthropologist and Physiologist


Sir Edward Stirling taught physiology at the University of Adelaide from 1882 and was the Director of the South Australian Museum 1884-1912. He made several collecting expeditions into central and Northern Australia and earlier he had worked as a consulting surgeon.

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

  • Baldwin Spencer - Records, 1880 - 1929, ML MSS 29; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Private hands (Robertson, D.S.)

  • Edward Charles Stirling - Records, 1848 - 1919; Private hands (Robertson, D.S.). Details

South Australian Museum Archives

  • Edward Charles Stirling - Records, 1870 - 1906, A.D. 43; South Australian Museum Archives. Details

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  • Gandevia, Bryan, 'The Sir Edward Stirling Memorial Lecture: Reflections of Stirling's Presidential Addresses, and on Medical Historiography in South Australia', in Harold Attwood; Frank Forster and Bryan Gandevia (eds), Occasional Papers on Medical History Australia, Medical History Society, A.M.A. [Victoria Branch] and Medical History Unit, University of Melbourne, Parkville, 1984, pp. 59-84. Details
  • Mincham, Hans, 'Stirling, Sir Edward Charles (1848-1919), surgeon, scientist and politician', in Bede Nairn (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 6, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1976, pp. 200-201. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Verco, J. C., 'Sir Edward Stirling, Kt, CMG, FRS, MA, MD, FRCS, CMZS. A Note of Appreciation', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 1, 1919, pp. 298-299. Details

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See also

  • Ferber, Sarah and Wilde, Sally (eds), The Body Divided: Human Beings and Human 'Material' in Modern Medical History, Ashgate, Farnham (U.K.), 2011, 264 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.