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Biographical entry Purser, Cecil (1862 - 1953)

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Born
16 December 1862
Castle Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Died
13 January 1953
Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Physician

Summary

Cecil Purser was a physician at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney for over forty years (1912-53). He also worked in private practice in Sydney from 1893. With a major interest in the prevention and treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, Purser joined the Tuberculosis Advisory Board from 1912 and the Board of Health from 1914. He was also heavily involved with the University of Sydney holding own many senior positions from 1909 to 1925. Some of Purser's many other contributions to medicine in New South Wales included stints as Director (chairman from 1915) of Carrington Centennial Hospital for Convalescents in Camden; foundation member of the Queen Victoria Homes for Consumptives; honorary consultant to the Home for Consumptives in Waterfall; medical examiner at R.T. Hall Sanatorium in Hazelbrook; council-member of the War Memorial Hospital in Waverley; and life governor of the Women's Hospital in Crown Street. Cecil Purser was also a foundation Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians 1938; a chairman of various drug companies and an honorary major of the Australian Army Medical Corps Reserve from 1916.

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1885
Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA) completed at the University of Sydney
1890
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the University of Sydney
1890
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney
1891 - 1892
Career position - Medical Superintendent at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1893 - c. 1912
Career position - Private practice in Petersham, New South Wales
1896 - 1912
Career position - Honorary staff member at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1909 -
Career position - Member of the University of Sydney senate
1909 - 1933
Career position - Director of the Hospital Board at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1912 -
Career position - Private practice in Macquarie Street, Sydney
1912 -
Career position - Member of the Tuberculosis Advisory Board
1912 - 1953
Career position - Consultant Physician at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1914 -
Career position - Member of the Board of Health
1916 -
Career position - Honorary Major with the Australian Army Medical Corps Reserve
1917 - 1918
Career position - Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney
1920 - 1933
Career position - Vice-Chairman (1920-23) then Chairman of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1923
Career position - Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney
1924 - 1925
Career position - Deputy-Chancellor of the University of Sydney
1930 -
Career position - Chairman of Australian Drug Co. Ltd; Australian Drug (Investments) Ltd and Elliotts and Australian Drug Ltd
1938 -
Award - Foundation Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACI)

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