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Biographical entry Mendelsohn, Oscar Adolf (1896 - 1978)

12 July 1896
Nanango, Queensland, Australia
5 January 1978
Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Analytical chemist and Food scientist


Oscar Mendelsohn set up as an analytical and consulting chemist during the 1920s. Later he bought a grazing property which he farmed for 12 years before selling it to the government as a research station and returning to the city. He was also an author and composer of light music, the latter under the name of Oscar Milsen.


Born Nanango, Queensland, 12 July 1896. Died 5 January 1978. OBE 1975. Educated Sydney Technical College, University of Melbourne (BSc) and North-western University, Chicago. Junior, customs agent's office, shift chemist, Lithgow Steel works, teacher at a small private school, AIF Artillery 1914-18, University of Melbourne 1919-21, analytical and consulting chemical business ca 1922-31, chemical adviser to the RAAF (Squadron Leader) 1942-45, grazing property, Lara, ca 1946-58, sold property to the government as a research station and returned to the city, consultant in disputed documents. Australian representative, World's Dairy Congress, London 1928.

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Oscar Mendelsohn - Records, 1928 - 1977, MS 1857; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Marginson, Ray, 'Mendelsohn, Oscar Adolf (1896-1978), Bon Vivant and Public Analyst [and Food Chemist]' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, John Ritchie, ed., vol. 15 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2000), pp. 349-350. Details


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