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Biographical entry Hopkins, George Herbert (1861 - 1922)

MRCS May 8th 1890; FRCS Dec 8th 1892; LRCP Lond May 8th 1890.

6 January 1922
Brisbane, Australia
General surgeon and Ophthalmic surgeon


At the age of 17 he obtained a commission in the Militia. He was educated at University College Hospital, where he acted as House Surgeon. He was afterwards Ambulance Surgeon to the Northern Hospital, Liverpool, and Surgeon on the RMS City of Berlin. In 1888 he was Resident Medical Officer at Swansea Hospital. He then practised at 5 Picton Place, Swansea, for eight years; was Surgeon to the Swansea General Hospital; Physician and Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Swansea and South Wales Institute for the Blind; Medical Officer to the Swansea Provident Dispensary; Surgeon Lieutenant, 1st Glamorganshire Volunteer Artillery; and Hon Secretary to the Swansea Medical Society.

In 1896 he went out to Australia and settled in Brisbane, where he conducted a successful practice, being known as a competent surgeon, and was appointed Surgeon to the Brisbane General Hospital, and Hon Medical Officer of the Lady Bowen Hospital; he was also a member of the Queensland Medical Board. He was an active member of the Queensland Branch of the British Medical Association, and its President in 1903. He joined the Queensland Defence Force with the rank of Captain RAMC, and was attached to the 8th Infantry Regiment, from which he retired in April, 1914, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. At the outbreak of the War he volunteered for the Defence Force, but was deemed too old for service overseas. Thus, from the age of 17, he through life exhibited an enthusiasm for military service. Of his two sons who enlisted, one was killed in action. He practised at 129 North Quay, Brisbane, and died there on Jan 6th, 1922, being survived by his wife.

"Radical Cure of Hernia." - Australasian Med Gaz, 1897, xvi, 116.
"Four Cases of Nephrolithotomy." - Ibid, 1898, xvii, 515.

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