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Biographical entry Smith, Julian Augustus Romaine (1873 - 1947)

5 December 1873
Camberwell, Surrey, England
13 November 1947
East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Surgeon, Photographer and Inventor


Julian Smith helped establish St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, as the premier surgical hospital in Victoria and possibly Australia. After studying science, Smith turned his attentions to medicine and graduated with a MD from Melbourne University in 1901. Soon afterwards he moved to the Victorian country town of Morwell and established a private practice, where he carried out many surgical procedures. In 1908, after a stint in Melbourne and England, Smith joined St Vincent's Hospital as an outpatient surgeon and then worked as an inpatient surgeon with special interests in urology. He quickly gained a reputation as a brilliant and innovative surgeon and was made a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Surgeons. After retiring in 1928, Smith concentrated more on his long-term interest of portrait photography and gained notoriety in this field as well. He was also an inventor and developed a roller pump for direct blood transfusions during World War II.



Career position - First private practice established in Morwell, Victoria
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Melbourne
Career position - Surgical Assistant to Mr F. D. Bird in Melbourne
Career position - Visited leading medical centres in England
1908 - 1928
Career position - Surgeon at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne
Career position - Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Surgeons

Published resources


  • Vellar, Ivo, The Magnificent Seven: Foundation Surgeons of St Vincent's Hospital (Noosa Heads, Qld: Publishing Solutions, 2011), 174 pp. Details

Book Sections


McCarthy, G.J.