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Julian Augustus Smith (1873–1947)

Dr Julian Smith, eminent Melbourne surgeon and amateur photographer of wide repute, died on Thursday night at his home in Powlett St, East Melbourne, after a short illness. He was 74.

Dr Smith enjoyed a reputation as one of Australia's most brilliant all-round surgeons. He was senior surgeon at St Vincent's Hospital for a number of years, was recognised also as an excellent tutor, and was a foundation Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

After his retirement from active practice in 1936 Dr Smith invented a pump which has greatly expedited the operation of blood transfusion from donor to patient. It was widely used by the Australian Army Medical Corps in the war.

Dr Smith was probably better known to the public as an artist of the camera. His portrait studies, mostly of men, have been exhibited abroad. He had the distinction of being one of the only two photographers whose works have twice been selected by the Royal Photographic Society as the outstanding photographs of the year.

Dr Smith was a native of Surrey, England, but came to Australia in boyhood, and was educated at Prince Alfred College. Adelaide.

He is survived by a widow, three sons - Dr Orme Smith, Dr Geoffrey Smith (dentist), Dr Hubert Smith - and a daughter, Roma (Mrs Page).

The funeral yesterday was private. Bishop McKie conducted the service.

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Life Summary [details]


5 December, 1873
London, Middlesex, England


13 November, 1947 (aged 73)
East Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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