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Sir Arthur Murray Cudmore (1870–1951)

Sir Arthur Cudmore, a leading figure in Australian surgery during the first half of the century, died in Hospital in Adelaide on Tuesday night at the age of 80.

Sir Arthur Cudmore served in both world wars and was twice honored by the King for his services.

He was born on June 11, 1870, at Paringa, on the River Murray, and was christened Arthur Murray.

Educated at St. Peter's College and the University of Adelaide, Sir Arthur Cudmore graduated in surgery and medicine.

Five years' post-graduate study in Britain followed — for a while he was a house surgeon at the London Hospital — after which he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Later he became lecturer in clinical surgery at the University of Adelaide and consulting surgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Sir Arthur Cudmore had a distinguished record in World War I. He left Australia with the rank of lieutenant-colonel as consulting surgeon to the 3rd Australian General Hospital.

After being invalided home with typhoid in 1916, he became consulting surgeon for the 4th Military District at Keswick.

In August, 1918, he again went overseas, this time to the AIF in France, where he served for almost 12 months.

After the war he continued to be a consulting surgeon on the Australian Army Medical Corps reserve, and in World War II was chief surgeon at No. 7 AGH, Keswick.

He became a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George on January 1, 1936, and was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year honors of 1945.

Sir Arthur Cudmore, assisted by Mr. Gill Williams, started the Dental School. Elected a member of the University Council in 1927, he was Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry and president of the Dental Board. He was also a member of the advisory committee of the Royal Adelaide Hospital, where he had been a surgeon for 21 years, until his term of office expired in 1925.

Executive Council appointed him president of the Medical Board of SA in 1938.

Sir Arthur Cudmore helped to found the Royal Automobile Club of SA and always retained his interest in motoring.

He served as president of the association, being first elected in 1935, and after a recent trip abroad prepared a report for the association on motoring overseas.

Sir Arthur Cudmore was a member of the Royal Adelaide Golf Club, of which he was president from 1925 to 1927.

In 1901 Sir Arthur Cudmore married Miss Kathleen M. Cavanagh–Mainwaring, a daughter of the late Mr Wentworth Cavanagh-Mainwaring, who represented the district of Yatala for 20 years and was Commissioner of Crown Lands and Public Works.

Sir Arthur Cudmore is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. R. Cavanagh-Mainwaring, of Whitmore Hall, Staffordshire, and Mrs. Geoffrey Champion de Crespigny.

The funeral will be held privately today.

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