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Biographical entry Gibson, John Lockhart (1860 - 1944)

17 July 1860
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
30 September 1944
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


John Gibson completed his medical degree in Edinburgh then studied in Vienna, Berlin and London. He returned to Australia in 1886c and started up in general practice. Then in 1895 he was appointed ophthalmologist at Brisbane's Hospital for Sick Children. In 1892 Gibson and his colleagues attributed childhood anemia to hookworm and in 1904 he discovered that house paint was causing lead-poisoning in children. He led the campaign which saw lead paint banned from houses under the 1922 Health Act. Gibson joined the Australian Imperial Force in 1915 and was sent to Limnos to take charge of the ophthalmology section of the 3rd Australian General Hospital. Because his work was so successful, casualties from other regions, including Gallipoli, were sent there. John Gibson was involved in many professional organizations including the Queensland Medical Society, the British Medical Association (both the Queensland and federal branches), the College of Surgeons of Australasia and the Ophthalmological Society of Australia.



Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) completed at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Edinburgh
1886 -
Career position - General practice in Brisbane
1886 - 1894
Career position - Visiting Physician at the Hospital for Sick Children, Brisbane
Career position - Vice-President of the 3rd Intercolonial Medical Congress in Sydney
Career position - President of the Queensland Medical Society
1895 -
Career position - Opthamologist at the Hospital for Sick Children, Brisbane
Career position - President of the British Medical Association, Queensland branch
1915 - 1916
Career position - Major and Opthalmologist-in-charge with the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Lemnos, Greece
1920 - 1935
Career position - Senator at the University of Queensland
1927 -
Career position - Fellow of the College of Surgeons of Australasia
1940 - 1944
Career position - President of the Opthalmological Society of Australia

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  • Wood, R., 'John Lockhart Gibson During the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 62 (6) (1992), 492-494. Details


McCarthy, G.J.