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Biographical entry Voss, Francis Henry Vivian (1860 - 1940)

MRCS 31 July 1882; FRCS 11 June 1885; LSA 1881; FRACS foundation 1927.

9 August 1860
15 February 1940
Sydney, Australia
General surgeon


Born on 9 August 1860 at Hackney in London, the sixth son and seventh child of Robert Voss, solicitor, who came of a Welsh family settled for many centuries in Glamorganshire, and Charlotte Phillips Smith, his wife. He was educated at Stafford College, Forest Hill, and at the London Hospital, where he acted as house physician to Hughlings Jackson, FRS, and was afterwards resident medical officer at the Whitechapel Infirmary. He went to Bowen, Queensland to act as a locum tenens for Dr Thurston, leaving London on 22 September 1885 in HMS Quetta and anchoring in Moreton Bay on 18 November. A year later he moved to Rockhampton, where he was attached to the Women's Hospital. The Hospital at that time had a maternity ward under the control of the local Benevolent Associa┬Čtion. He enlisted the ladies' committee, and with their help it became a well-equipped and efficient charity. From 1888 to 1927 he acted as the Government Medical Officer, and in 1900 he built a private hospital known as Hillcrest. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons when it was founded in 1927, and in 1929 he moved to Sydney, where he died on 15 February 1940. He married Lottie Kerrod White (d 3 November 1926) on 11 January 1888, and was survived by two sons and three daughters. Three of these children entered the medical profession: Paul Ernest Voss, FRACS, of Bolsover Street, Rockhampton, Queensland, Florence Mary Voss, MB Sydney, and Kerrod Bromley Voss, MB, radiologist to Prince Henry Hospital, Sydney.

Voss was a general practitioner of a high type, whose chief interest lay in the practice of Listerian surgery. He had wide interests outside his profession, was deeply religious, was well-read, and as chairman of the Girl's Grammar School Trust at Sydney took an important part in schemes for their higher education. He was a past master in freemasonry of the Rockhampton Lodge No 106, and was a past grand deacon of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Med J Austral 1940, 1, 287, and p 530 with portrait; information given by his son Paul E Voss FRACS].

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