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Ramsay, John (1872 - 1944)

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Born: 26 December 1872  Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.  Died: 6 February 1944  Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
(Sir) John Ramsay was surgeon-superintendent at Launceston General Hospital from 1898 to 1912. He also designed and built St Margaret's Hospital from which he commenced private practice. In 1906 he performed the first successful resuscitation of the heart by massage in Australia, opening the thorax of a patient who had clinically died during an operation.

During World War I he was Major in charge of surgery at Hornsey Military Hospital in Launceston. Ramsay was President of the Tasmanian branch of the British Medical Association (1925); Foundation Fellow of the (Royal) Australasian College of Surgeons (1927); Chairman of the Northern Tasmanian division of St John Ambulance Association for 17 years (commander brother of the Order of St John of Jerusalem 1937); President of the Launceston Club; first chairman of the Equity Trustees Co. of Tasmania and the Goliath Portland Cement Co.; Director of the board of Kiwi Polish Co.; and a member of the executive of the Medical Council of Tasmania, Crippled Children's Association, Anti-Cancer Campaign, and Red Cross Society. The Sir John Ramsay Memorial Library at the Launceston General Hospital was established in his memory in 1944.

Career Highlights

1812 - Private practice at St Margaret's Hospital in Launceston
1889 - 1912Surgeon-Superintendent at the Launceston General Hospital
1893Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Melbourne
1894Resident medical officer at the Melbourne Hospital
1895Resident Medical Officer in Auckland, New Zealand
1895 - 1898House Surgeon at the Launceston General Hospital in Tasmania
1902Master of Surgery (MS) completed at the University of Melbourne
1912 - 1917Honorary Consulting Surgeon at Launceston Hospital
1924Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1925President of the British Medical Association, Tasmanian branch
1925 - 1944Honorary Consulting Surgeon at Launceston Hospital
1927Foundation Fellow of the Australasian College of Surgeons (FCS/FRCS)
1929 - Member of the board of management of the Launceston Hospital
1933 - Chairman of the Launceston Hospital


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Rosanne Walker
Created: 30 June 1997
Modified: 4 December 2006

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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