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Wettenhall, Henry Norman Burgess (1915 - 2000)

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Paediatrician and Ornithologist
Born: 18 September, 1915.  Died: November 2000.
Henry Norman B. Wettenhall was a paediatric endocrinologist who associated with the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne from 1948 to 1990. He was also a keen ornithologist and conservationist. In 1995 he sold his magnificent collection of books on birds, said to be the best collection of Australian natural history ever assembled, to create the Wettenhall Foundation whose primary purpose is to promote areas where knowledge and understanding of the natural environment is increased and where this knowledge can be applied effectively. His talent for networking and fundraising was of great benefit to the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union, particular advances being the Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds (HANZAB) and the acquisition of headquarters at Moonee Ponds.

Career Highlights

c. 1935 - c. 1941Educated at the University of Melbourne (MD, BS)
1941 - 1944Surgeon Lieutenant with the Royal Australian Navy
1948 - 1973Senior Physician at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
1956 - 1977Member of council of the National Trust
1960sChairman of the Landscape Preservation Council
1961 - 1964Dean of Clinical School at the Royal Children's Hospital
1963 - 1978Honorary Ornithologist at the National Museum of Victoria
1965 - 1969Member of Council and Executive of the Australian Conservation Foundation
1966 - 1977Chairman of Council of Geelong College
1973 - 1980Endocrinologist
1978 - 1983Member of Council of the National Museum of Victoria
1978 - 1983President of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union
1980 - 1988Inaugural Chairman of Board of Heide Park and Art Gallery
1980 - 1990Honorary Consulting Endocrinologist
1983 - Trustee of the Victorian Conservation Trust
1985Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
1989Fellow of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union (FRAOU)


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Rosanne Walker
Created: 20 April 2001
Modified: 24 August 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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