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Biographical entry Bennetts, Harold William (1898 - 1970)


18 July 1898
Carlton, Victoria, Australia
28 August 1970
Shenton Park, Western Australia, Australia
Veterinary scientist


Harold Bennetts studied veterinary science at the University of Melbourne. In 1921-1922 he worked for the Commonwealth Department of Health as bacteriologist at the emergency laboratory in Cairns, Queensland, during an outbreak of bubonic plague. Before returning to Melbourne in 1923 he worked as a microbiologist in Townsville. He was appointed as lecturer and demonstrator in veterinary pathology and bacteriology at the University of Melbourne. In 1925, he accepted the position of veterinary pathologist with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture. in 1928-1935 he was seconded to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. He achieved recognition for his contributions to disease management in livestock. He was principal at the animal health and nutrition laboratory at Hollywood from 1947-1959 and published The Toxic Plants of Western Australia in 1956. He became the president of the Royal Society of Western Australia in 1934-1935 and was appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 1948.



Education - BVSc, The University of Melbourne
Award - Kelvin Medal, Royal Society of Western Australia
Award - Gilruth Prize, Australian Veterinary Association

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  • 'Bibliography of published works by H. W. Bennetts, C.B.E., D.V.Sc.', Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 47, 1971, pp. 68-70. Details
  • G., M. R., 'Dr Harold William Bennetts, C.B.E., D.V.Sc.', Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 47, 1971, pp. 67-8. Details
  • Nairn, Malcolm, 'Harold William Bennetts - a remarkable veterinary pathologist', Australian Veterinary History Record, vol. 68, 2014, pp. 5-16. Details

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