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Biographical entry Sissons, Alfred Thomas Stanley (1888 - 1975)

22 April 1888
Malvern, Victoria, Australia
30 June 1975
Griffith, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Alfred Sissons was for over 40 years Director of Studies and Dean of the Victorian College of Pharmacy. During this time he instituted many changes in the way in which pharmacy was taught by introducing evening and correspondence classes for apprentices, restructuring the curriculum and extending the course to four years. By the late 1930s this course was considered the model for Australian and New Zealand. Sissons wrote on the history of pharmacy in Victoria in the Australian journal of Pharmacy of which he also served as editor. He was largely responsible for pharmacy becoming a separate Section in ANZAAS, and in 1946 was President of Section O: Pharmaceutical Science.



Education - Diploma of Education, Victorian Teachers College
Education - BSc, University of Melbourne
1920 - 1962
Career position - Director of Studies (later Dean), Victorian College of Pharmacy

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Haines, Gregory, 'Sissons, Alfred Thomas Stanley (1888-1975), Chemist and College Dean' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, John Ritchie and Diane Langmore, eds, vol. 16 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2002), pp. 252-253. Details

Journal Articles

  • Anon, 'Death of Mr A. T. S. Sissons', Australian Journal of Pharmacy, 56 (667) (1975), 461-2. Details


See also

  • Bomford, Janette M., The Victorian College of Pharmacy: 125 years of history, 1881 - 2006 (Parkville, Vic.: Victorian College of Pharmacy, 2006), 316 pp. Details

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