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Biographical entry Johnston, William Wallace Stewart (Bill) (1887 - 1962)

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Born
21 December 1887
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Died
21 August 1962
Occupation
Physician

Summary

Bill Johnston was a physician who served with distinction in both World Wars. He saw action in Europe, the Middle East and New Guinea and, particularly in WWII, played a central role in managing the medical needs of the armed forces. Johnston was involved at senior levels of the Australian Red Cross Society and the St John Ambulance Brigade. He was a foundation Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and was Vice-President 1958 - 1960.

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Events

1914
Education - MB BS, University of Melbourne
1914 - 1915
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Melbourne Hospital
1915 - 1920
Career position - Served with the Australian Imperial Forces
1916
Award - Military Cross (MC)
1917
Award - Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
1921
Education - MD, University of Melbourne
1923 - 1928
Career position - Honorary Physician, Melbourne Hospital
1928 - 1948
Career position - Senior Honorary Physician, (Royal) Melbourne Hospital
1938
Career position - Founding Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1939 - 1943
Career position - Served with the Australian Imperial Forces
1941
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military) (CBE (M))
1943 - 1944
Career position - Medical Director, National Council, Australian Red Cross Society
1945 - 1952
Career position - Member, National Council, Australian Red Cross Society
1947
Award - Knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem (KStJ)
1948
Life event - Retired
1949 - 1952
Career position - Member of Council, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1951 - 1957
Career position - Commissioner for Victoria, St John Ambulance Brigade
1957 -
Career position - Chief Commissioner, St John Ambulance Brigade
1958 - 1960
Career position - Vice-President, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1960
Award - Knight Bachelor (Kt)
1961 - 1962
Career position - Member of Council, University of Melbourne
1962
Award - Honorary LLD, University of Melbourne

Published resources

Books

  • McDonald, G. L., Roll of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney, 1988, 332 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Hurley, John V., 'Johnston, Sir William Wallace Stewart (1887-1962), Physician and Army Medical Officer', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 14, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1996, pp. 576-577. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A140657b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Fitts, Clive et al, 'Obituary: William Wallace Stewart Johnston', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 1963, no. 2, 1963, pp. 677-80. Details

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