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Biographical entry Wunderly, Harry Wyatt (1892 - 1971)

30 May 1892
Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
14 April 1971
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Medical administrator


Sir Harry Wunderly was a medical practitioner and public-health administrator who was a specialist in tuberculosis. Working for the South Australian he developed ways to control the spread of the disease by improving milk supply standards along with implementing early diagnosis techniques and notification. Wunderly was instrumental in the development of new X-ray machines capable of screening people on mass. In 1947 he became the first director of tuberculosis in the Commonwealth Department of Health in Canberra. As part of this role Wunderly saw a new national tuberculosis control program introduced as well as free medical, hospital and follow-up care for those with active tuberculosis.



Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Melbourne
1924 - 1925
Career position - Visited England and Switzerland in study methods of treating tuberculosis
1924 - 1942?
Career position - Practiced in Adelaide as a Consultant Physician specialising in tuberculosis
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Melbourne
Career position - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
June 1942 - May 1947
Career position - Served with the Australian Army Medical Corps at the 116th Australian General Hospital, the 106th Australian General Hospital and the 115th Military Hospital
1947 - 1957?
Career position - Director of Tuberculosis in the Commonwealth Department of Health in Canberra
Career position - Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians
Career position - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London
1 January 1954
Award - Knight Bachelor (Kt cr)
Life event - Retired
1959 - 1961
Career position - President of the National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis in Australia

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  • Proust, Anthony, 'Wunderly, Sir Harry Wyatt (1892-1971), Medical Practitioner and Public-health Administrator' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, John Ritchie and Diane Langmore, eds, vol. 16 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2002), pp. 592-593. Details


McCarthy, G.J.