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Biographical entry Wunderly, Harry Wyatt (1892 - 1971)

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

Summary

(Sir) Harry Wyatt 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.

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Events

1915
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
1927
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Melbourne
1938
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
1952
Career position - Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians
1952
Career position - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London
1 January 1954
Award - Knight Bachelor (Kt cr)
1957
Life event - Retired
1959 - 1961
Career position - President of the National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis in Australia

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Proust, Anthony, 'Wunderly, Sir Harry Wyatt (1892-1971), Medical Practitioner and Public-health Administrator', in John Ritchie and Diane Langmore (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002, pp. 592-593. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A160705b.htm. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.