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Biographical entry Lawrence, Gordon Ord (1896 - 1960)

11 November 1896
Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia
6 August 1960
North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Gordon Lawrence began his dental training in Western Australia where he apprenticed to James Alexander Wright for eighteen months. He had a short stint with the Australian Imperial Force then moved to Melbourne where he completed a Bachelor of Dentistry (1922). Three years later he was appointed dental house surgeon at the Adelaide Hospital and from 1930 was their honorary dental surgeon. Lawrence also worked in private practice and taught at the University of Adelaide. He invented the Lawrence Matrix instrument which received world acclaim for its advancement of the restoration of compound cavities.



August 1916 - June 1917
Career position - Private then Staff Sergeant in the Dental Corps of the Australian Imperial Force, Australia
1919 - 1922
Education - Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
Career position - Registered with the Dental Board of South Australia
1925 - 1927
Career position - Dental House Surgeon at the Adelaide Hospital
1927 - c. 1937
Career position - Private practice in Largs Bay, South Australia
1930 -
Career position - Honorary Dental Surgeon at the Adelaide Hospital
1936 -
Career position - Instructor in Prosthetic Dentistry at the University of Adelaide
1937 - ?
Career position - Private practice at Semaphore, South Australia
Education - Doctorate of Dental Science received from the University of Adelaide

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McCarthy, G.J.