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Albiston, Harold Edward (1897 - 1994)

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Veterinary scientist
Born: 26 March 1897  Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.  Died: 13 August 1994  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Harold Edward Albiston, was a veterinary scientist, lecturer, administrator and a man of phenomenal commitment. He was the longest-serving member of the Veterinary Science Faculty of the University of Melbourne (48 years), the longest-serving member of the board of the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens (43 years) and the longest-serving honorary editor of the "Australian Veterinary Journal" (23 years). He was also the director of the Veterinary Research Institute at Parkville for 32 years, making it the premier veterinarian research facility in Australia, and he was a member of the Veterinary Board of Victoria for 33 years. To honour his outstanding career and unceasing dedication, Harold Albiston was appointed a Commander of Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1963.

Career Highlights
After graduating from university with first class honours, Harold Albiston went to England and France in 1918 with the Army Veterianry Corp. When the war ended he returned to Australia and in 1920 was awarded a Fellowship from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. This saw the start of a fruitful career in veterinary science research. Albiston also become a renowned educator, teaching veterinary anatomy, pathology, bacteriology and parasitology at the University of Melbourne. He also developed and taught the first postgraduate veterinary course in Australia. In 1959, the Australian Veterinary Association bestowed Albiston with their highest award - the Gilruth Prize.

1918Bachelor of Science? (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1918 - 1920Military service with the Army Veterinarian Corp
1920 - 1923Wlater and Eliza Hall Institute Fellowship received
1920 - 1927Lecturer in Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne
1923 - 1929?Victorian Milk Testing Laboratory
1929 - 1963Director of the Veterinary Research Institute in Parkville, Victoria
1933 - 1934President of the Australian Veterinary Association
1934President of the Victorian Veterinary Association
1938 - 1981Board member of the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens
1939 - 1962Honorary Editor of the Australian Veterinary Journal
1957Chair of the Committee recommending the reopening of the veterinary school
1959Gilruth Prize for Meritorious Service to Veterinary Science received from the Australian Veterinary Association
1963Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

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Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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