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Biographical entry McClure, Alfred Fay (1883 - 1956)

OBE 1919; MRCS and FRCS 14 December 1911; MB ChB Melbourne 1907; MD 1910; FRACS foundation 1927.

4 October 1956
Melbourne, Australia
Dental surgeon and General surgeon


Educated at Wesley College and Ormonde College, University of Melbourne, where he was awarded a major scholarship, he was later at the Middlesex Hospital as a postgraduate.

After qualification he worked as a general practitioner in Kyneton, and in 1908 as resident medical officer at the Alfred Hospital. In 1913 he was appointed surgeon to the Alfred Hospital, working under Hamilton Russell, and also surgeon to the Melbourne Dental Hospital, having worked under Gillies at Sidcup in 1909. In the war of 1914-18 he became a Major in the AAMC attached to the 2nd CCS, and later to the 2nd and then the 3rd General Hospital at Lemnos. He was awarded the OBE in the Birthday Honours of 1919. In 1926 he joined the State Dental Board and from 1929 to 1936 was chairman of the Dental Practitioners Education Committee. He wrote little but was regarded as one of the best surgical opinions in Victoria and a good "Alfredian".

He enjoyed golf and fly-fishing, and in his later years he spent much of his time in his workshop making surgical instruments, splints or some special gadget. He died on 4 October 1956 in Melbourne.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1956, 2, 1121 appreciation by Sir Gordon Gordon-Taylor; Med J Aust 1957, 1, 587-589 with portrait and appreciations by Sir Victor Hurley and Sir Daryl Lindsay].

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