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Biographical entry Wallace, Victor Hugo (1893 - 1977)

17 November 1893
Boorhaman, Victoria, Australia
9 April 1977
Hughesdale, Victoria, Australia
Gynaecologist and Medical practitioner


Victor Wallace was a medical practitioner and gynaecologist whose interests lay particularly with contraception, the social effects of sexual behaviour and drug addiction. This stemmed from his appreciation of the hardships and social problems experienced by the working poor. In 1934 he co-founded under the auspices of the District Nursing Society, the Women's Welfare Clinic for birth control in Collingwood, a suburb of Melbourne. Wallace was a founding member and long-serving secretary of the Eugenics Society of Victoria from 1936 to 1961, and of the Social Hygiene Society. He lectured and wrote extensively in his areas of interest. Between 1947 and 1955 he was the Australian editor of the journal Marriage hygiene. His book Women and children first (1946) contained his views on many social and public health issues including birth control clinics, maternity allowances, crèches, free education and marriage guidance counselling.



Education - MB BS, University of Melbourne
1918 - 1919
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Melbourne Hospital
1919 - 1920
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Queen's Memorial Infectious Diseases Hospital
Education - MD, University of Melbourne
Education - Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, London
1926 - 1927
Career position - Government Medical Officer, Port Moresby, New Guinea
1928 - 1977
Career position - In general practice, Hughesdale, Victoria
1932 - 1969?
Career position - In practice as a gynaecologist, Melbourne
Career position - Founding Member, Eugenics Society of Victoria
Career position - Founding Member, Social Hygiene Society
1947 - 1955
Career position - Australian Editor, Marriage Hygiene

Published resources


  • Wallace, Victor, The Wallace story, The Author, Hughesdale, Vic., 1973, 132 pp. Details

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