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Biographical entry Stuart, Thomas Peter Anderson (1856 - 1920)

20 June 1856
Dumfries, Scotland
29 February 1920
Double Bay, New South Wales, Australia


Sir Thomas Stuart was the first Professor of Anatomy and Physiology 1883-1890, and of Physiology 1890-1920, at the University of Sydney.


Born Dumfries, Scotland, 20 June 1856. Died Sydney, 29 February 1920. Knighted 1914. Educated University of Edinburgh (MB, CM 1880, MD 1882). Chief demonstrator in physiology, University of Edinburgh 1881-82; professor of anatomy and physiology, University of Sydney 1883-90, professor of physiology 1890-1920; dean of medicine from 1891, Fellow, senate 1883-1920. Honorary secretary, soon chairman, (Royal) Prince Alfred Hospital from 1901. Medical adviser to the government 1893-96; emigration officer for Port Jackson 1893-96; president, Board of Health 1893-96, member of the Board 1896-1920. President of a number of community organisations including the Royal Society of New South Wales. Largely responsible for the establishment of the school of dentistry at the University of Sydney in 1901 and was the first president of the United Dental Hospital of Sydney 1905. Commemorated by the Anderson Stuart Building, University of Sydney, named in 1960.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Thomas Peter Anderson Stuart - Records, 1884 - 1916, MS 015; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Thomas Peter Anderson Stuart - Records, 1883 - 1920, P 34; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Epps, W., Anderson Stuart, MD, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1922. Details
  • Stuart, T. P. Anderson, A Review of University Life in Australasia...1891, Spottiswood, London, 1892. Details

Book Sections

  • Young, J., 'Stuart, Sir Thomas Peter Anderson (1856-1920), Professor of Physiology and Medical Administrator', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 12, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 130-132. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Blackburn, Charles Bickerton, 'The Life and Work of Sir Thomas Anderson Stuart', Bulletin of the Post-Graduate Committee in Medicine, University of Sydney, vol. 4, no. 4, 1948, pp. 105-134. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.