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Biographical entry Champion de Crespigny, Constantine Trent (1882 - 1952)

5 March 1882
Queenscliffe, Victoria, Australia
27 October 1952
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


(Sir) Constantine Trent Champion De Crespigny was a consulting physician in Adelaide from 1919, serving as honorary physician at the Adelaide and Adelaide Children's Hospital and as Dean and Chief Examiner in Medicine at the University of Adelaide 1929-48.


Born Queenscliffe, Victoria, 5 March 1882. Died Adelaide, 27 October 1952. DSO 1917, knighted 1941. Educated University of Melbourne (MB 1903, BS 1904, MD 1906). Resident, Melbourne hospitals 1904-07; private practice, Glenthompson 1907-08; Medical Superintendent, Adelaide Hospital from 1909; private practice as a specialist physician 1912-15; Director, Government Bacteriological and Pathological Laboratory, Adelaide Hospital and lecturer in pathology, medical school, University of Adelaide 1912-19; war service Gallipoli, Rouen and England; private practice, Adelaide 1919-; honorary physician, Adelaide and Adelaide children's hospitals; dean and chief examiner in medicine, medical school, University of Adelaide 1929-48. Raised funds for the establishment of the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science and became the first chairman of its council on its establishment in 1937 till 1952. President, South Australian branch, British Medical Association 1925-26; one of the founders of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and president 1942-44.

Archival resources

State Records of South Australia

  • Constantine Trent Champion de Crespigny - Records; State Records of South Australia. Details

Published resources


  • McDonald, G. L., Roll of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney, 1988, 332 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Hackett, Earle, 'Champion de Crespigny, Sir Constantine Trent (1882 - 1952), medical practitioner', in Nairn, Bede and Serle, Geoffrey (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 7, Melbourne Uinversity Press, Melbourne, 1979, pp. 606-7. Details

Conference Papers

  • Nicholson, Bernard, 'Sir Constantine Trent Champion de Crespigny as Medical Administrator', in Harold Attwood and Geoffrey Kenny (eds), Reflections on Medical History and Health in Australia. Third National Conference on Medical History and Health in Australia, University of Melbourne, Medical History Unit, Melbourne, 1986, pp. 229-240. Details

Journal Articles

  • Newland, Henry, 'Obituary: Constantine Trent Chanpion de Crespigny', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 1853, no. 1, 1953, pp. 423-5. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.