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Date Range of Records: 1856-1909
- University Of Melbourne. Office Of The Registrar [-]
UM419. Correspondence relating to the Medical School, 5 July 1856 - 4 October 1909. This material was withdrawn from the main Registrar's Correspondence series(UM312) at some time unknown, but thought by Archives to have been by A.W. Greig, who was writing a history of the University in the 1930s before this work was officially undertaken by Professor Scott.
This series contains a combination of correspondence related to the establishment of the Medical School, staff and student matters and issues considered by the Medical School Committee such as changes in courses. Dr Anthony Colling Brownless is credited as being the founder of Melbourne University's Medical School. He devised and proposed a five year medical course which was to be an amalgamation of theory and practice. The theory was to be taught in the form of lectures at University and the practicums were to be held at clinical hospitals. Concil approval was gained in 1862 and the school was opended in that same year.
Correspondence can be found on: appointment of staff members; formation of a Museum for Anatomical, Pathological, Physiological and Botanical Preparations; construction of accommodation for the Medical School and its individual staff members; student applications for matriculation.Although this material was originally part of the UM312 Correspondence Series a decision was made not to place it back. The Medical School correspondence still in UM312 is mostly financial and concerned with building structrues, salaries, accommodation and equipment.
The arrangement of this artificial series of correspondence is chronological. It was originally in four folders, but the first has now been divided into three for ease of handling. The first folder's correspondence has been stamped with a registered number in numerical order which appears to have been imposed late, after its creation. The second folder's correspondence contains some handwritten numbers and subject identification across the top of pages. The majority of correspondence in the third and final folders were allocated annual single numbers on their proforma docket covers.
The list of correspondence details the topic and dates of each document in the four original folders.
24 cm., 2 Archives boxes
Collection Category: University, official
Access Conditions: Access: Restricted
Finding Aids: Yes listed ONLINE
Online ListingOffice of the Registrar, Medical School Correspondence (1993.0046)
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