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Biographical entry McDonald, Sydney Fancourt (1885 - 1947)

FRACP, FRCP

Born
18 November 1885
Rocklea, Queensland, Australia
Died
8 August 1947
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Paediatrician

Summary

Sydney Fancourt McDonald had a distinguished medical career in clinical paediatrics and wrote numerous important articles in the field. He started his medical career at the Queen's Memorial Infectious Diseases and the Alfred Hospitals in Victoria. Then in 1912 he was appointed Assistant Senior Resident Surgeon at the Children's Hospital. In late 1914 McDonald moved to England to further his studies, but when World War I broke out he enlisted as Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps. McDonald served in several military hospitals and clearing stations and finally returned to Australia in 1919c where he worked at Queensland's Hospital for Sick Children from 1920. He also kept up his military service and held many posts including medical examiner for the Royal Australian Air Force. Sydney McDonald was also heavily involved with many professional medical bodies and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians, London.

Details

Events

1904 - 1910
Career position - Second Lieutenant in the Australian Militia Engineers
1909
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) completed at the University of Melbourne
1910
Education - Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Melbourne
1910 - 1914
Career position - First Officer, then Major, in command of the Melbourne University Rifles
1912 - 1914
Career position - Assistant Senior Resident Surgeon at the Children's Hospital, Melbourne
1913
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) completed at the University of Melbourne
1914
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at Queen Charlotte's Hospital in London
1914 - c. 1919
Career position - Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps with the 4th (British) General Hospital in Versailles (France), the 33rd and 51st Casualty Clearing Stations and the 46th Stationary Hospital
1919 -
Career position - Member of the Royal College of Physicians, London
1920 - 1923
Career position - Out-patient Physician at the Hospital for Sick Children, Brisbane
1923 -
Career position - Senior In-patient Physician at the Hospital for Sick Children
1923
Career position - Physician at the Rosemount Military Hospital
1923 - 1944
Career position - Councillor of the British Medical Association, Queensland branch
1928 -
Career position - Councillor of the Medical Defence Society of Queensland
1928 -
Career position - Chief Medical Examiner for the Department of Civil Aviation in Queensland
1930
Career position - President of the British Medical Association, Queensland branch
1937 - c. 1941
Career position - Wing Commander in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
1938
Career position - First Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics at the University of Queensland
1938
Award - Foundation Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
1940
Award - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), London
1940 - 1947
Career position - Consultant Physician at Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital
1941 -
Career position - Group Captain of the medical branch of the RAAF
1944 - 1946
Career position - Member of the Faculty of Medicine Board at the University of Queensland
1946 -
Career position - Chair of the advisory committee on paediatric studies within the Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland

Published resources

Books

  • Pearn, John Hemsley, The Highest Traditions: a Biography of Sydney Fancourt McDonald, Department of Child Health, Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, 1985. Details

Book Sections

  • Pearn, John Hemsley, 'McDonald, Sydney Fancourt (1885-1947), Paediatrician and Army Dotctor', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 10, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986, pp. 254-255. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A100246b.htm. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.