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Biographical entry Tymms, Herbert George (1873 - 1965)

MRCS 1899; FRCS 1901; MB Melbourne 1894; BS 1895; LRCP 1899.

6 July 1873
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
7 October 1965
Kew, Victoria, Australia
General surgeon


Herbert George Tymms graduated MB in the University of Melbourne in 1894, and BS in 1895. He then became RMO at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1895-6, and subsequently came to England where he obtained the Conjoint Board Diploma in 1899 and the FRCS in 1901. On returning to Australia he settled in Perth and was appointed medical superintendant of the Royal Perth Hospital in 1906, continuing in that post till 1911. In that capacity he re-organized the kitchens and imported trained cooks and dieticians from English hospitals, thus earning much criticism.

Tymms was appointed honorary surgeon to in-patients in 1912 and consulting surgeon in 1921. He had many interests in Perth besides his professional work, having been President of the Western Australia Branch of the BMA; Justice of Peace for the State of Western Australia; President of St John's Ambulance Association from 1914 till 1931; and Knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.

He lived to a great age, and unfortunately suffered in his latter years from loss of vision.

He finally died at Kew, in Victoria on 7 October 1965.

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