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Biographical entry Jones, William Ernest (1867 - 1957)


11 July 1867
Upper Gornal, Staffordshire, England
1 May 1957


William Jones was appointed Inspector-General of the Insane (1905), later Director of Mental Hygiene, in Victoria and held this office until 1937. He also served on various government inquiries into mental hygiene.



1905 - 1937
Career position - Inspector-General of the insane in Victoria
c. 1914 - c. 1918
Career position - War service with the Australian Army Medical Corps
Career position - Chair of the commission of inquiry into lunacy in Western Australia
Career position - Ran a Federal Government inquiry into the mentally deficient
Career position - Advisor to the Tasmanian government on the rebuilding of New Norfolk Asylum
Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Career position - Chaired a government inquiry into the Victorian Health Department

Archival resources

Charles Brothers Museum, Mental Health Library, Office of Psychiatric Services

  • William Ernest Jones - Records, 1905 - 1957; Charles Brothers Museum, Mental Health Library, Office of Psychiatric Services. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Foster, S. G., 'Jones, William Ernest (1867-1957), psychiatrist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 9 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1983), pp. 520-521. Details
  • Mulder, Audrey, 'Dr William Ernest Jones, psychiatrist' in "Outpost medicine": Australasian studies on the history of medicine: Third National Conference of the Australian Society of the History of Medicine, Hobart, February 1993, Atkins, Susanne, Kirkby, Kenneth, Thomson, Philip and Pearn, John, eds (Hobart: University of Tasmania and the Australian Society of the History of Medicine, 1994), pp. 183-6. Details

Journal Articles

  • Jones, Ross, 'Removing Some of the Dust from the Wheels of Civilization: William Ernest Jones and the 1928 Commonwealth Survey of Mental Deficiency', Australian Historical Studies, 40 (1) (2009), 63-78 . Details


McCarthy, G.J.