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Biographical entry Winterbotham, Lindsey Page (1887 - 1960)

14 April 1887
North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
26 February 1960
South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Anthropologist and Medical practitioner


Lindsey Winterbotham was a medical practitioner who combined general practice with consultancies to Mater Misericordiea Hospital and the Blind, Deaf and Dumb Institution of Queensland. He was active in the Queensland Branch of the British Medical Association, helping to organise the General Practitioner's Group and being its Chairman for its first 10 years. Winterbotham's absorbing interest was in anthropology. He had close contact with many Aboriginal people, developed a significant oral history collection, and published on the cultural practices of Queensland Aborigines. His substantial collection of artefacts was donated to the University of Queensland: he was honorary curator of this collection. In 1948 Winterbotham co-founded the Anthropological Society of Queensland and served as President from 1954 to 1955.



Education - MB BS, University of Melbourne
1908 - 1909
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Brisbane General Hospital
1909 - 1913
Career position - In general practice, Lowood, Queensland
1913 -
Career position - In general practice, Ipswich, Queensland
1914 -
Career position - Served with the Australian Army Medical Corps
1920 - 1925
Career position - Honorary Surgeon, Mater Misericordiea Hospital, South Brisbane
1939 - 1949
Career position - Chairman, General Practitioners' Group, Queensland Branch, British Medical Association
Career event - Founding Member, Anthropological Society of Queensland
1954 - 1955
Career position - President, Anthropological Society of Queensland

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Book Sections

  • Leo, Daniel, 'An Ark of Aboriginal Relics: the Collecting Practices of Dr LP Winterbotham' in The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections, Peterson, Nicolas, Allen, Lindy and Hamby, Louise, eds (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2008), pp. 76-105. Details


See also

  • Pearn, John ed., Some milestones of Australian medicine : a centenary book for the Queensland branch of the Australian Medical Association (Brisbane: Amphion Press, 1994), 292 pp. Details

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