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Biographical entry Albiston, Harold Edward (1897 - 1994)


26 March 1897
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
13 August 1994
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Veterinary scientist


Harold Albiston, was a veterinary scientist, lecturer, administrator and a man of phenomenal commitment. He was the longest-serving member of the Veterinary Science Faculty of the University of Melbourne (48 years), the longest-serving member of the board of the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens (43 years) and the longest-serving honorary editor of the "Australian Veterinary Journal" (23 years). He was also the director of the Veterinary Research Institute at Parkville for 32 years, making it the premier veterinarian research facility in Australia, and he was a member of the Veterinary Board of Victoria for 33 years. To honour his outstanding career and unceasing dedication, Harold Albiston was appointed a Commander of Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1963.


After graduating from university with first class honours, Harold Albiston went to England and France in 1918 with the Army Veterinary Corp. When the war ended he returned to Australia and in 1920 was awarded a Fellowship from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. This saw the start of a fruitful career in veterinary science research. Albiston also become a renowned educator, teaching veterinary anatomy, pathology, bacteriology and parasitology at the University of Melbourne. He also developed and taught the first postgraduate veterinary course in Australia. In 1959, the Australian Veterinary Association bestowed Albiston with their highest award - the Gilruth Prize.


Education - Bachelor of Science? (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1918 - 1920
Career position - Military service with the Army Veterinarian Corp
1920 - 1923
Award - Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Fellowship received
1920 - 1927
Career position - Lecturer in Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne
1923 - 1929?
Career position - Victorian Milk Testing Laboratory
Education - Doctor of Veterinary Science (DSc), The University of Melbourne
1929 - 1963
Career position - Director of the Veterinary Research Institute in Parkville, Victoria
1933 - 1934
Career position - President of the Australian Veterinary Association
Career position - President of the Victorian Veterinary Association
1938 - 1981
Career position - Board member of the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens
1939 - 1962
Career position - Honorary Editor of the Australian Veterinary Journal
Career position - Chair of the Committee recommending the reopening of the veterinary school
Award - Gilruth Prize for Meritorious Service to Veterinary Science received from the Australian Veterinary Association
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Published resources

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Journal Articles

  • Albiston, H. E., 'Thomas Screen Gregory, D.V.Sc., Dip. Bact.', Australian Veterinary Journal, 48 (1972), 418. Details
  • Albiston, H.E., 'Selected Bibliography of Scientific Papers by Dr. J. A. Gilruth', Australian Veterinary Journal, 13 (1937), 118-120. Details
  • Albiston, H.E., 'Veterinary Education in Victoria', Australian Veterinary Journal, 27 (1951), 258-261. Details
  • Schedvin, C. B., 'Environment, Economy and Australian Biology 1890-1939', Historical Studies, 21 (1984), 11-28. Details



  • Clarkson, G., 'The Life and Veterinary Contribution of Dr Harold E. Albiston', MA Ed thesis, University of Melbourne, 1992. Details

See also

Rosanne Walker & Annette Alafaci