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Biographical entry Jeanneret, Henry (1802 - 1886)

30 December 1802
London, United Kingdom
17 June 1886
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Dentist and Physician


Henry Jeanneret was a pioneer of dentistry in Australia, practicing as a dentist and physician in Sydney and Tasmania between 1829 and 1850. He wrote the first work on dentistry published in Australia, Hints for the preservation of the teeth (Sydney, 1830), which showed his concerns for preventive dentistry and preventive medicine. After moving to Tasmania, Jeanneret was appointed Medical Officer at Port Arthur and Commandant of the Aborigines' Establishment on Flinders Island. This latter position brought him into conflict with the authorities, resulting in suspension from office for 6 months and repeated efforts to obtain redress for what he considered unjust treatment while holding public office. His early interest in natural history continued in Tasmania, from where he sent botanical specimens to Joseph Hooker in London and William Harvey on Dublin. Jeanneret's particular interest in marine algae is reflected in the naming of the genus Jeannerettia in his honour.



1817 - 1822
Career position - Apprenticed to a surgeon in Oxford
Education - Licentiate, Society of Apothecaries, London
Education - Doctorate of Medicine, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Education - Licentiate, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
Career position - President, Plinian Natural History Society, Edinburgh University
Life event - Migrated to New South Wales
1829 - 1834
Career position - In practice as dentist and physician, Sydney
Life event - Moved to Tasmania
1834 - 1838
Career position - In practice as physician and dentist, Hobart
1838 - 1842
Career position - Government Medical Officer, Port Arthur, Tasmania
1842 - 1847
Career position - Commandant, Surgeon and Justice of the Peace, Aborigines' Establishment, Flinders Island
1847 - 1850
Career position - In practice as physician and dentist, Hobart
Life event - Returned to England

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Ford, E., 'Henry Jeanneret and his first Australian book on dentistry', Dental Journal of Australia, 24 (1952), 113-6. Details
  • Pearn, John and Phillips, Gael, 'The life of Henry Jeanneret (1802 - 1886, pioneer Australian dentist, with an account of his colonial service and scientific contributions in Australia', Australian Dental Journal, 41 (4) (1996), 260-4. Details


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