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Derham, Alfred Plumley
Date of birth: 1891
Date of death: 1962
Biography: A.P. Derham was born on 12 September 1891, younger son of Thomas Plumley and Ellen Derham. He was educated at Camberwell Grammar School, Scotch College and the University of Melbourne. In August 1914 Derham interrupted his medical course to enlist in the A.I.F. After service in Egypt, Gallipoli (where he was wounded and awarded the M.C.), France and Belgium, he returned in 1917 to complete his degree. In 1918 he entered the A.A.M.C. but the war ended before he could return to Europe. After employment as medical officer at Point Nepean Quarantine Station he was appointed in 1920 Honorary Physician to Out-patients at the Children's Hospital, Melbourne, and to In-patients in 1935. He was also director of the R.S.L. Children's Health Bureau from its inception in 1933 and Medical Officer of the City of Kew. Meanwhile he served with the A.A.M.S. rising to the rank of Colonel before the outbreak of war. In 1940 he became Assistant Director of the Medical Service and left for Singapore. After capitulation he and his eldest son Thomas were prisoners-of-war. On release in 1945 he resumed civilian practice but ill-health obliged him to retire in 1955. He died in 1962.
Activities/Occupation: Medical practitioners, Army officers, Pediatricians
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