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Biographical entry Shaw, Hugh Michael (1919 - 2003)

FRCS 1952; MB BS Melbourne 1943; FRACS 1954.

18 January 1919
London, UK
6 January 2003
Orthopaedic surgeon


Hugh Michael Shaw was a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Prince Henry Hospital, Melbourne. He was born on 18 January 1919, in London, the son of Charles Gordon Shaw, a consultant surgeon who had commanded the First Australian Field Ambulance in the First World War, was mentioned in despatches and had won the DSO. His mother was Rachel née Champion. Michael was educated at Geelong Grammar School, and then at Melbourne University, where he graduated with first class honours in surgery in 1943.

He was a junior resident and then a registrar at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria, from 1943 to 1945. He then enlisted, becoming a Captain in the Australian Army Medical Corps 23rd Training Battalion, based in Greta, New South Wales, and then in the 111th Australian General Hospital, Tasmania, and the 115th Australian General Hospital, based at Heidelberg, Victoria. He left the Army in January 1947.

From 1947 to 1950 he was a surgical resident at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. He was then appointed as an associate surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, a post he held for two years. In 1953 he travelled to the UK, where he was a surgical registrar at Essex County Hospital, Colchester.

On his return to Australia in 1954 he was appointed to the staff of Prince Henry Hospital, Melbourne, as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon. He retired in 1978. From 1954 to 1957 he was also a consultant for the Australian Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

He enjoyed golf, carpentry, photography and music. He married Joan Fraser née Craigie. They had two children, Jennifer Joan and David Michael (who predeceased him). Hugh Michael Shaw died on 6 January 2003.

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