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Biographical entry Bird, Samuel Dougan (1832 - 1904)

4 November 1832
Lichfield, Staffordshire, England
14 May 1904
Victoria, Australia


Samuel Bird established a medical practice in Melbourne in 1862, specializing in lung diseases. He lectured in the Medical Faculty of the University of Melbourne 1869-1887. He was the father of Frederick Dougan Bird.


Born Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, 4 November 1832. Died Melbourne, 14 May 1904. Educated King's College Hospital (LRCP 1851, MRCSE 1854). MD, St Andrews 1859. MD, ad eund, University of Melbourne 1862. Resident physician's assistant, Hospital for Consumption, Brompton 1851; private practice, Richmond, Surrey 1852-54, 1856-60, 1861; divisional surgeon 1854; service at Sebastopol 1855; commanded the medical staff for the Turkish expedition to relieve Kars 1855 and awarded the Imperial Order of Medjidie by the sultan; arrived Melbourne 1862; private practice 1861-1904; physician to the Benevolent Asylum and Immigrants Aid Society; first honorary physician, Alfred Hospital from 1871; lecturer in materia medica, University of Melbourne from 1869, lecturer in the theory and practice of medicine 1881-87; chief medical officer to the Australian Mutual Provident Society in Victoria for 30 years. President, Medical Society of Victoria 1869. Interested in chest disease.

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  • Samuel Dougan Bird - Records, 1829 - 1928; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

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McCarthy, G.J.