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Biographical entry Poate, Hugh Raymond Guy (1884 - 1961)


16 January 1884
Summer Hill, New South Wales, Australia
26 January 1961
Bellevue Hill, New South Wales, Australia


Sir Hugh Poate was skilled in orthopaedic, cranial and thoracic surgery. He was an international authority on thyroid surgery and was the first Australian to introduce medical treatment for hyperthyroidism using "thio" drugs. He was heavily involved with the St John Ambulance Brigade, becoming chief executive in 1947 when the Australian commandery became an independent branch. Poate was knighted in 1952, a foundation Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), President of the Medical Board of New South Wales, President of the Orchid Society of New South Wales and of the Royal Horticultural Society of New South Wales.



Career position - Resident of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the University of Sydney
Career position - Medical work in London
1909 -
Career position - Commissioned in the Australian Army Medical Corps
1909 -
Career position - Private practice in Macquarie Street, Sydney
1913 -
Career position - Joined the St John Ambulance Brigade
1914 - 1917
Career position - Member of the Australian Imperial Force
1929 -
Career position - Consulting Surgeon to the Royal Australian Air Force
1929 - 1942
Career position - State Commissioner of the St John Ambulance Brigade
Career position - Lecturer in postgraduate surgery and Director of the surgical unit at the Prince Henry Hospital, Sydney
1942 - 1947
Career position - Administrative Head of Commandery of the St John Ambulance Brigade
1945 - 1948
Career position - President of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1947 -
Career position - Chief Executive of Commandery of the St John Ambulance Brigade
Award - Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO)
Award - Knighted
1957 - 1961
Career position - Foundation Chairman of the Old People's Welfare Council of New South Wales

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