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Biographical entry England, Ernest James (1927 - 2012)

MB BS Adelaide 1951; FRCS Edinburgh 1958; FRCS 1958; FRACS 1963.

26 May 1927
Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia
5 December 2012
Urological surgeon


Ernest James England was a consultant urological surgeon at the Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia. He was born in Bunbury, Western Australia, on 26 May 1927. His father, Ernest Roy England, was a bus driver who had served at Gallipoli and in France during the First World War; his mother, Bessie England née James, was a businesswoman. He attended Claremont State School and Wesley College, where he was school captain, and then, in 1946, went to the University of Western Australia. He transferred to the University of Adelaide a year later and qualified with the MB BS in 1951.

He held junior posts at the Royal Perth Hospital, and then went to the UK. From 1956 to 1957 he worked at the Royal Gloucester Infirmary and Brompton Hospital. Between 1962 and 1963 he was based at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In 1963 he was appointed to his post in Perth. He retired in 1990. At the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons he was an examiner in urology, secretary and then chairman of the Western Australia state committee, and a member of the board of urology. From 1985 to 1986 he was president of the Urological Society of Australia.

He played hockey and first class cricket for Western Australia and South Australia, and league football for East Perth in 1945.

In June 1953 he married Wendy Gweneth Nunn. They had a daughter and a son, who is a urologist and a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Ernest James England died on 5 December 2012. He was 84.

Sarah Gillam

The Royal College of Surgeons of England