Fellows 1956



Name: George David Robinson

MB BS, Melb, 1944
DA, Melb, 1956

Date of Birth: 26 January 1921
Date of Death: 12 March 1999

After graduating from medicine at the University of Melbourne in 1944, George David Robinson was a first-class cricketer for Western Australia between 1945 and 1948, securing the Sheffield Shield in his final year of play. Western Australia didn’t have a medical school until 1956, and it was necessary for students to travel interstate to complete their studies.

Robinson had a varied career, working as a ship’s doctor, and general practitioner in Germany for potential migrants to Australia. On return to Australia in 1950 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and spent two years in a sanatorium before beginning a new aspect of his career as a specialist anaesthetist. He trained under Robert Orton at the Alfred Hospital and Kevin McCaul at the Royal Women’s Hospital. In 1956, Robinson was appointed Deputy Director of anaesthesia under McCaul and followed Patricia Mackay as Director of Anaesthesia at the Footscray and District Hospital (now called Western General Hospital).

In addition to leading the department at Footscray, Robinson was involved with the Victorian Regional Committee and the Morbidity and Mortality Committee. He also acted as anaesthetist for a team of thoracic surgeons in Papua New Guinea and formed part of a civilian team in Vietnam.

Wikipedia; Obituary, ANZCA Bulletin, 1999; Form of Proposal for Nomination to Fellowship, 1956.

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