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Biographical entry Butler, Arthur Graham (1872 - 1949)

25 May 1872
Kilcoy, Queensland, Australia
27 February 1949
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Physician and Medical historian


Arthur Butler served in the Australian Army Medical Corps during the First World War and wrote a three volume history of the Australian Army Medical Services.


Born Kilcoy, Queensland, 25 May 1872. Died Canberra, 27 February 1949. DSO 1915. Educated St John's College, Cambridge (BA 1894, BC 1897, MB 1899). General practice, Kilcoy 1900-01; general practice, Gladstone 1902-07; postgraduate work, University of Sydney 1908; private practice as a gynaecologist and obstetrician, Brisbane 1909-14 ; medical officer, Australian Imperial Force 1914-19; resumed his private practice 1920-26; medical officer of the Royal Military College 1927-30; medical officer of the Federal Capital Territory 1928-31; wrote official war history of the Australian Army Medical Services (published 1930, 1940 and 1943). Queensland president, British Medical Association 1920.

Archival resources

Australian War Memorial Research Centre

  • Arthur Graham Butler - Records, 1914 - 1920; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details

Private hands (Hancock, Lady)

  • Arthur Graham Butler - Records, 1972 - 1949; Private hands (Hancock, Lady). Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Garton, Stephen, 'Anzac Health: A. G. Butler and the Writing of the Official Medical History of Australia During the 1914-18 War' in Working Papers in Australian Studies, Nos. 88-96, Kate Darian-Smith, ed. (London: Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, 1994, 1994), pp. 97-109. Details
  • Gurner, C. M., 'Butler, Arthur Graham (1872-1949)' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 7 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1979), pp. 502-503. Details


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