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Biographical entry Cilento, Raphael West (1893 - 1985)

Born
2 December 1893
Jamestown, South Australia, Australia
Died
14 April 1985
Occupation
Medical administrator and Public servant

Summary

(Sir) Raphael West Cilento graduated in medicine at the University of Adelaide and then specialized in tropical medicine. He was Director-General of Health and Medical Services in Queensland 1934-45 and Professor of Social and Tropical Medicine at the University of Queensland.

Details

Born Jamestown, South Australia, 2 December 1893. Died 14 April, 1985. Educated University of Adelaide (MD, BS) and London School of Tropical Medicine (DRM and H). Australian Naval and Military Forces, New Guinea 1915-19; medical officer, Federated Malay States 1920-21; Medical Officer for Tropical Hygiene, Commonwealth Department of Health from 1921; Director, Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine, Townsville 1922-27; Director, Division of Tropical Hygiene and Chief Quarantine Officer, North East Division of Australia 1928-33; Director-General of Health and Medical Services Queensland 1934-45; Honorary Professor of Social and Tropical Medicine, University of Queensland 1937-45; U.N.R.R.A. Zone Director, British Zone in Germany and attached to British Army of the Rhine 1945-46; Director for Refugees and Displaced Persons, United Nations 1946-47; director, Division of Social Activities 1947-49; established project for relief of refugees from Arab-Israeli War 1948; returned to Australia 1951; part-time medical practice, Mooloolaba and wrote articles for journals and newspapers. President, Medical Board of Queensland 1939-45; president, Historical Society of Queensland on several occasions.

Archival resources

Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland

  • Raphael West Cilento - Records, 1913 - 1972, UQFL 44; Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Fisher, Fedora Gould, Raphael Cilento, a Biography, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, 1994, 369 pp. Details
  • Gregory, Helen, Vivant Professores: Distinguished Members of the University of Queensland, 1910-1940, University of Queensland Library, St Lucia, 1987, 180 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Finnane, Mark, 'Cilento, Sir Raphael West (1893-1985), Medical Practitioner', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 17, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2007, pp. 215-217. Details

Journal Articles

  • Cilento, Raphael, 'Sir Joseph Banks F.R.S. and the naming of the kangaroo', Notes and Records of the Royal Society, vol. 26, 1971, pp. 157-61. Details
  • Smith, Alexander Cameron, 'Raphael Cilento's Empire: Diet, Health and Government Between Australia and the Colonial Pacific', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 38, 2014, pp. 103-18. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.