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Biographical entry Elkington, John Simeon Colebrook (1871 - 1955)

29 September 1871
Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
8 March 1955
Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
Health worker


John Elkington was an advocate of public health. Amongst his achievements were the introduction of a system for checking the health of schoolchildren, development of a federal quarantine service and work with tropical medicine.

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Roe, Michael, 'Elkington, John Simeon Colebrook (1871-1955), advocate of public health' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 8 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1981), pp. 425-426. Details

Journal Articles

  • Johnson, Murray, 'The 1903 Smallpox Outbreak at Launceston and the Role of J.S.C. Elkington', Launceston General Hospital Historical Committee: Papers and Proceedings (13 November 2005) (2005), 17-22. Details


McCarthy, G.J.