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Biographical entry Smith, Julian Augustus Romaine (1873 - 1947)

Born
5 December 1873
Camberwell, Surrey, England
Died
13 November 1947
East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Surgeon, Photographer and Inventor

Summary

Julian Augustus R. Smith helped establish St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, as the premier surgical hospital in Victoria and possibly Australia. After studying science, Smith turned his attentions to medicine and graduated with a MD from Melbourne University in 1901. Soon afterwards he moved to the Victorian country town of Morwell and established a private practice, where he carried out many surgical procedures. In 1908, after a stint in Melbourne and England, Smith joined St Vincent's Hospital as an outpatient surgeon and then worked as an inpatient surgeon with special interests in urology. He quickly gained a reputation as a brilliant and innovative surgeon and was made a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Surgeons. After retiring in 1928, Smith concentrated more on his long-term interest of portrait photography and gained notoriety in this field as well. He was also an inventor and developed a roller pump for direct blood transfusions during World War II.

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Events

1901
Career position - First private practice established in Morwell, Victoria
1901
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Melbourne
1905
Career position - Surgical Assistant to Mr F. D. Bird in Melbourne
1906
Career position - Visited leading medical centres in England
1908 - 1928
Career position - Surgeon at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne
1927
Career position - Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Surgeons

Published resources

Books

  • Vellar, Ivo, The Magnificent Seven: Foundation Surgeons of St Vincent's Hospital, Publishing Solutions, Noosa Heads, Qld, 2011, 174 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Russell, K. F., 'Smith, Julian Augustus Romaine (1873-1947), Surgeon and Photographer', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 653-654. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110673b.htm. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.