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Biographical entry Wettenhall, Henry Norman Burgess (1915 - 2000)


18 September, 1915
November 2000
Paediatrician and Ornithologist


Henry Wettenhall was a paediatric endocrinologist who associated with the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne from 1948 to 1990. He was also a keen ornithologist and conservationist. In 1995 he sold his magnificent collection of books on birds, said to be the best collection of Australian natural history ever assembled, to create the Wettenhall Foundation whose primary purpose is to promote areas where knowledge and understanding of the natural environment is increased and where this knowledge can be applied effectively. His talent for networking and fundraising was of great benefit to the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union, particular advances being the Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds (HANZAB) and the acquisition of headquarters at Moonee Ponds.



c. 1935 - c. 1941
Education - Educated at the University of Melbourne (MD, BS)
1941 - 1944
Career position - Surgeon Lieutenant with the Royal Australian Navy
1948 - 1973
Career position - Senior Physician at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
1956 - 1977
Career position - Member of council of the National Trust
Career position - Chairman of the Landscape Preservation Council
1961 - 1964
Career position - Dean of Clinical School at the Royal Children's Hospital
1963 - 1978
Career position - Honorary Ornithologist at the National Museum of Victoria
1965 - 1969
Career position - Member of Council and Executive of the Australian Conservation Foundation
1966 - 1977
Career position - Chairman of Council of Geelong College
1973 - 1980
Career position - Endocrinologist
1978 - 1983
Career position - President of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union
1978 - 1983
Career position - Member of Council of the National Museum of Victoria
1980 - 1988
Career position - Inaugural Chairman of Board of Heide Park and Art Gallery
1980 - 1990
Career position - Honorary Consulting Endocrinologist
1983 -
Career position - Trustee of the Victorian Conservation Trust
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community, particularly in the field of natural history
1989 - 2000
Award - Fellow of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union (FRAOU)

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Journal Articles

  • McEvey, A., 'RAOU Fellows: citations: Henry Norman Burgess Wettenhall', Emu, 89 (3) (1989), 186-7. Details
  • Wettenhall, Norman, 'RAOU Fellow citation: Clive Minton MA PhD', Emu, 98 (1998), 241. Details


See also

  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2001), 492 pp. Details

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