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Biographical entry Fishbourne, John William Yorke (1843 - 1911)

December 1843
Wicklow, Ireland
26 September 1911
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia
Physician and Psychiatrist


John Fishbourne worked in asylums in Ararat and Kew, as well as private practice. He was the founder of the Talbot Colony (later known as the Royal Talbot Centre). Established St Aidan's, a school for mentally handicapped children.



Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA) completed at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) completed at the Trinity College, Dublin
Education - Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at Trinity College in Dublin
1872 - 1877
Career position - Resident Medical Officer in asylum in Ararat, Victoria
1877 - 1882
Career position - Deputy Medical Superintendent in asylum, Kew
1882 - 1886
Career position - Private medical practice in Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Life event - Witness to Zox Royal Commission on Asylums for the Insane and Inebriate
1886 - 1893
Career position - Health Officer for Essendon, Victoria
Life event - Turned his Moonee Ponds home St Aiden's into a school for mentally disabled children
Life event - Founder of the Talbot Colony for Epileptics, now the Royal Talbot Centre

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Gardiner, Lyndsay, 'Fishbourne, John William Yorke (1843-1911), medical practitioner' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 8 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1981), pp. 501-502. Details

Journal Articles

  • Judge, Cliff and Emmerson, Roma, 'Dr John Fishbourne - Vociferous Parent for the Handicapped', The Medical Journal of Australia, 2 (1977), 255-259. Details
  • Williams, Brian, 'Dr John Fishbourne: a Pioneer in the Evolution of Special Education in Victoria', Melbourne Studies in Education, 72 (1990). Details

Newspaper Articles

  • 'Obituary: John William Yorke Fishbourne', The Age (1911). Details


See also

  • The Cyclopedia of Victoria: an historical and commercial review: descriptive and biographical, facts, figures and illustrations: an epitome of progress (Melbourne: Cyclopedia Co, 1902), 137 pp. Details

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