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Biographical entry Smith, John McGarvie (1844 - 1918)

Born
8 February 1844
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
6 September 1918
Woolahra, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Bacteriologist and Metallurgist

Summary

John McGarvie Smith developed an anthrax vaccine that gave protection with a single inoculation and donated the secret of this discovery to the New South Wales Government in 1918. The McGarvie Smith Institute was then set up to manufacture the vaccine.

Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • John McGarvie Smith - Records, 1918 - 1965, ML MSS 2411; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Peterson, Kamoya, 'Smith, John McGarvie (1844-1918), Jeweller, Metallurgist and Bacteriologist', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 652-653. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110672b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Martin, C.J. and Smith, John McGarvie, 'The Venom of the Australian Black Snake', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 26, Acting Government Printer, Sydney, 1892, pp. 240-264. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.