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Biographical entry Starr, Sir Kenneth William (1908 - 1976)


9 January 1908
Wellington, New South Wales, Australia
16 June 1976
Coogee, New South Wales, Australia


Kenneth Starr was a surgeon who held senior positions in several of Sydney's leading hospitals. His service with the Australian Imperial Forces during WWII included deployments in North Africa and Borneo, and posting as officer commanding, surgery division, 113th A.G.H., Sydney where he set up a facial maxillary and plastic surgery unit. Starr was active in professional organisations, being President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons from 1964 to 1966. He acted in advisory roles for the New South Wales and Australian Governments, being Chairman of the committee that recommended the establishment of a new medical school at the New South Wales University of Technology.



Education - MB BS, University of Sydney
1930 - 1933
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Prince Alfred Hospital
1933 - 1936
Career position - Surgeon Superintendent, Newcastle Hospital
Education - Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, London
1937 - 1939
Career position - Assistant Surgeon, Newcastle Hospital
1939 - 1946
Career position - Served with the Australian Army Medical Corps and Australian Imperial Forces
Education - MS, University of Melbourne
Education - Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1946 -
Career position - Visiting Surgeon, Repatriation General Hospital, Concord, New South Wales
1946 - 1958
Career position - Senior Honorary Surgeon, Sydney Hospital
Award - Elected to Society of Medical Consultants to the U.S.A. Armed Forces
1955 -
Career position - Director, cancer research unit, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, New South Wales
Award - Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
1958 -
Career position - Consultant, Sydney Hospital
1961 - 1964
Career position - Vice President, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1962 - 1972?
Career position - Member, New South Wales Medical Board
1964 - 1966
Career position - President, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1967 - 1972
Career position - Chairman, New South Wales Medical Board
Award - Knight Bachelor (Kt)

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  • Goulston, Eric, Miller, Douglas, Barling, E. Vernon, Aveling, Bonnie and Rennie, H. Maynard, 'Sir Kenneth Starr', Medical Journal of Australia, 1977 (1) (1977), 560-2. Details


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