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Biographical entry Edgar, Grahame (1901 - 1985)

Born
25 May 1901
Petersham, New South Wales, Australia
Died
9 August 1985
Killara, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Public servant and Veterinarian

Summary

Grahame Edgar was a veterinarian whose research was principally on diseases of sheep and cattle. In particular he worked on black-disease, the control of liver flukes in sheep, diseases caused by anaerobic organisms (blackleg, entero-toxaemia and botulism) and toxaemic jaundice in sheep, identified as being caused by heliotrope ingestion and chronic copper poisoning. Edgar played a central role in the Commonwealth Government's pasture-improvement program which was based on rabbit control. This involved the release of a virulent strain of myxomatosis from the Glenfield Veterinary Research Station of which Edgar was Director of Veterinary Research. His research career ceased in 1959 when he became Assistant Under-Secretary (and later Director-General) of Agriculture for New South Wales.

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1924
Education - BVSc, University of Sydney
1924 - 1942
Career position - Served with Australian Army Veterinary Corps (Militia)
1927 - 1947
Career position - Veterinary Research Officer, Glenfield Veterinary Research Station, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1929 - 1936
Career position - Senior Research Officer, Glenfield Veterinary Research Station, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1936 - 1947
Career position - Senior Veterinary Research Officer, Glenfield Veterinary Research Station, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1938
Career position - President, New South Wales Branch, Australian Veterinary Association
1947 - 1959
Career position - Director of Veterinary Research, Glenfield Veterinary Research Station, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1948 - 1949
Career position - President, Australian Veterinary Association
1948 - 1972
Career position - - Member, Australian National Science Committee of UNESCO
1952
Award - Fellow, Australian Veterinary Association
1957 - 1961
Career position - Chairman, Australian National Science Committee of UNESCO
1959 -
Career position - Member of Council, New South Wales Sheep Breeders’ Association
1959 -
Career position - Director, McGarvie Smith Institute
1959 - 1961
Career position - Assistant Under Secretary, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1961 - 1966
Career position - Chairman, Farrer Memorial Trust, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney
1961 - 1966
Career position - Director-General, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1962
Award - DVSc, University of Sydney
1962 - 1963
Career position - President, New South Wales Branch, Australian Society for Animal Production
1962 - 1970
Career position - Member of Council, World Poultry Science Association
1963 - 1985
Career position - Honorary Associate, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, London
1966
Award - Farrer Medal for contributions to agriculture, Farrer Memorial Trust, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1966
Life event - Retired
1966
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1966 - 1978
Career position - Member of Senate, University of Sydney
1967
Award - Gilruth Prize, Australian Veterinary Association
1967 - 1985
Career position - Chairman, McGarvie Smith Institute
1971
Award - Fellow, Australian College of Veterinary Scientists
1973 - 1975
Career position - Director, Wellcome (Australasia) Ltd
1980 - 1990
Award - Life Governor, New South Wales Sheep Breeders’ Association

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  • Hale, Patricia, 'Edgar, Grahame (1901 - 1985), veterinarian and public servant', in Langmore, Di (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, volume 17: 1981 - 1990 A-K, Melbourne Uinversity Press, Melbourne, 2007, pp. 352-3. Details

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