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Biographical entry Douglass, Henry Grattan (1790 - 1865)

Dublin, Ireland
1 December 1865
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Henry Douglass was a medical practitioner who was active in public service. He served as a magistrate from 1821 to 1825, became a member of the first Legislative Council in 1856, and from 1853-1865 was a member of the Senate of the University of Sydney, which he had played an early part in founding.


Educated Trinity College Dublin (MD). Assistant surgeon in the British Army. Arrived in Sydney in 1821; placed in charge of the Colonial Hospital at Parramatta, the Female Factory and began private practice. Part founder of the Philosophical Society of Australasia (a forerunner of the Royal Society of New South Wales). Sent back to England in 1828 but returned to Sydney in 1848 as surgeon superintendent of the emigrant ship "Earl Grey". Honorary physician, Sydney Hospital 1849-54, director 1854-56, resigned to take a seat in the Legislative Council. He remained in Sydney until his death in 1865. One of the first teachers of clinical medicine in Australia; played an early part in the founding of the University of Sydney and was a member of its senate from 1853 to 1865..

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  • Noad, K. B., 'Henry Grattan Douglass', Bulletin of the Post-Graduate Committee in Medicine, University of Sydney (1962), 125-147. Details


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