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Biographical entry Leberne, Carl Frederick (1933 - 1985)

MRCS and FRCS 1962; MB BS Sydney 1955; FRCS Ed 1961; FRACS 1966.

8 April 1985
General surgeon and Urological surgeon


Carl Frederick Leberne received his professional education at the University of Sydney, whence he qualified MB, BS in 1955. After his training years at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, he specialised in surgery, beginning as a demonstrator in anatomy at Sydney University in 1958. On coming to Britain he held registrarships at the Hammersmith, London and West Middlesex Hospitals before obtaining first the Edinburgh Fellowship in 1961 and then the English Fellowship in 1962. Returning to Australia he was appointed teaching registrar in urology at the University of Queensland in 1964 and gained his FRACS in 1966.

Most of his life was spent in the practice at Albury and Wodonga, Victoria, where he contributed extensively to the development of the area medical services, especially in urology. From 1982 until his death he built up a medico-legal practice in Sydney.

A man of great energy, enthusiasm and imagination, well-known and respected for his expertise in his professional life, he was also widely educated and informed in the fields of literature, art and the theatre. He greatly enjoyed the outdoor life, especially water sports in which he met his death while surfing, on 8 April 1985, aged 52. He was survived by his wife, Pat, and their son and daughter, Christopher and Melissa.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Med J Aust 1985, 143, 215].

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