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Biographical entry McDowall, Valentine (1881 - 1957)

14 February 1881
Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
22 October 1957
Ascot, Queensland, Australia


Valentine McDowall was a dermatologist who was a pioneer in the fields of clinical radiography as well as wireless and television. He is believed to be the first in Queensland to introduce the use of radium in the treatment of dermatological conditions (1920s/1930s). McDowall was also heavily involved in radio broadcasting helping to produce the first live broadcast in Queensland.



Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) completed at the University of Sydney
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1907 - 1915
Career position - General practice in Laidley, Queensland
1915 - 1917
Career position - Captain in the Army Medical Corps, Australian Imperial Force
Education - Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the University of Sydney
1919 -
Career position - Specialist in radiology and dermatology in Brisbane
1919 - 1934
Career position - Senior Honorary Radiologist at the Brisbane General Hospital
Career position - President of the British Medical Association, Queensland branch
Career position - Radiographer and Radiotherapist in Wickham Terrace
1934 - 1944
Career position - Radiotherapist, Brisbane Hospital
1935 - 1942
Career position - Foundation Member, Australian and New Zealand Association of Radiology
1938 - 1957
Career position - Foundation Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1941 - 1951
Career position - Radiologist, Greenslopes Military and Repatriation Hospital, Brisbane
1947 - 1948
Career position - President, Australian and New Zealand Association of Radiologists
1949 - 1952
Career position - Fellow, College of Radiologists of Australia
Life event - Retired

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Published resources


  • McDonald, G. L., Roll of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Sydney: Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1988), 332 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Robinson, D. H., 'McDowall, Valentine (1881-1957), Medical Practitioner and Wireless Television Pioneer' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 10 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1986), pp. 262-263. Details

Journal Articles

  • Macartney, G. W., 'Obituary: Valentine McDowall', Medical Journal of Australia, 1957 (2) (1957), 920-1. Details


McCarthy, G.J.