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Biographical entry Watson, James Frederick William (1878 - 1945)

Born
27 June 1878
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
22 January 1945
Vaucluse, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Physician and Historian

Summary

James Frederick W. Watson began his working life as a medical practitioner. In a career change he became editor of "Historical Records of New South Wales" from 1912-25. He urged the establishment of government archives offices at State and national levels.

Details

Events

1903
Career position - Resident Surgeon at Toowoomba Hospital in Queensland
1903
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the University of Sydney
1903 - 1905
Career position - Assistant Medical Superintendent at the Hospital for the Insane in Toowoomba
1906 - 1908
Career position - Formed a partnership with surgeon Sir Neville Howse in Orange, New South Wales
1909
Education - Studied X-rays and other techniques in Europe
c. 1910 - c. 1911
Career position - Private practice in Macquarie Street, Sydney
1912
Career position - Honorary Acting Principal Librarian at the Public Library of New South Wales
1912 - 1925
Career position - Editor of Historical Records of New South Wales
1927
Career position - A Brief History of Canberra published
1927 - 1940
Career position - Worked as a writer in Canberra

Published resources

Books

  • Watson, J. Frederick, The History of the Sydney Hospital from 1811 to 1911, Government Printer, Sydney, 1911. Details

Book Sections

  • Mitchell, Ann M., 'Watson, James Frederick William (1878-1945), Editor, Historian and Medical Practitioner', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 12, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 398-399. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A120448b.htm. Details

Online Resources

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