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Biographical entry Cherry, Thomas (1861 - 1945)

27 October 1861
Gisborne, Victoria, Australia
27 May 1945
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Bacteriologist and Agricultural scientist


Thomas Cherry was appointed the first Professor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne 1911-1916 and was later the John Grice Research Fellow in cancer at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and at the Veterinary Research Institute, Melbourne 1921-1934.


Born Gisborne, Victoria, 27 October 1861. Died Melbourne, 27 May 1945. Educated University of Melbourne (MB 1889, MD 1892, MS 1894), King's College, London and University of Aberdeen (pathology and bacteriology). Worked in his father's joinery workshop 1877-84; senior house surgeon, Melbourne Hospital 1890; overseas study 1891; assistant lecturer and demonstrator in pathology, University of Melbourne 1892-93; bacteriological work in Europe 1894; bacteriological service to doctors and hospitals, Melbourne 1895-99; lecturer in bacteriology, University of Melbourne 1900-05; acting registrar of the university 1901-02; director of agriculture 1905-10; professor of agriculture, University of Melbourne 1911-16; Australian Army Medical Corps 1916-18; John Grice Cancer Research Fellow, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research 1921-29, John Grice Cancer Research Fellow, Veterinary Research Institute, University of Melbourne 1930-34; Cancer Causation Research Committee from 1934. Portrait by Aileen Dent presented to the University of Melbourne 1944.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Thomas Cherry - Records, 1937, MS 041; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Private hands (Stowell, J.)

  • Thomas Cherry - Records, 1861 - 1945; Private hands (Stowell, J.). Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Stowell, Jill, 'Cherry, Thomas (1861-1945), bacteriologist and agricultural scientist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 7 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1979), pp. 633-634. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Dr. Thomas Cherry', Australian Journal of Science, 8 (2-3) (1945), 68. Details
  • Macdonald, Colin, 'Thomas Cherry', Medical Journal of Australia, 1945 (2) (1945), 129-31. Details


See also

McCarthy, G.J.