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Biographical entry Legg, John (1892 - 1984)

Born
11 February 1892
Greta, Victoria, Australia
Died
1 February 1984
Kenmore, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Veterinary surgeon

Summary

John Legg was a veterinary surgeon whose research was into stock diseases in northern Australia. Between 1931 and 1936, as officer-in-charge of the Oonoonba experiment station near Townsville, he worked with CSIR investigating particularly bovine tick fever. He developed species- specific vaccines that were used into the 1960s, a great benefit to stockholders. On transferring to the Yeerongpilly Animal Health Station near Brisbane in 1936 he assumed responsibility for all work on bovine tick fever as well as carrying out successful trials of acaricides. Legg became a senior administrator in the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock. Besides his scientific publications he compiled a comprehensive but unpublished history of stock diseases in Queensland to 1947. In retirement he was for two years consultant to the F.A.O. in Malaysia.

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1913
Education - BVSc, University of Melbourne
1914 - 1915
Career position - Veterinary Surgeon, Queensland Department of Agriculture
1915
Education - BSc, University of Melbourne
1915 - 1920
Career position - Served with the Australian Imperial Force
1919
Education - Member, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, London
1920 - 1935
Career position - Veterinary Surgeon, Queensland Department of Agriculture
1920 - 1935
Education - DSc, University of Melbourne
1929 - 1937
Career position - Vice-President, Queensland Veterinary Association
1929 - 1955
Career position - State Editor, Australian Veterinary Journal
1935 - 1941
Career position - Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock
1938 - 1956
Career position - Member, Veterinary Surgeons’ Board of Queensland
1938 - 1956
Career position - President, Queensland Veterinary Association
1941 - 1947
Career position - Director, Yeerongpilly Animal Health Station, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock
1947
Career position - President, Queensland Division, Australian Veterinary Association
1947 - 1957
Career position - Director, Division of Animal Industry, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock
1956
Award - Gilruth Prize, Australian Veterinary Association
1957
Life event - Retired
1957 - 1959
Career position - Consultant to F.A.O. in Malaysia
1961
Award - Fellow, Australian Veterinary Association

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  • Angus, Beverley M., 'Legg, John (1892-1984), Veterinary Scientist', in Australian Dictionary of Biography volume 18 1981 - 1990 L-Z, 2012, pp. 20-1. Details

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