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Biographical entry Jones, Peter Griffith (1922 - 2001)

MRCS and FRCS 1950; MB BS Melbourne 1945; MS 1967; FRACS 1956; FACS 1958.

26 September 1922
Melbourne, Australia
Paediatric surgeon


Peter Jones was a paediatric surgeon at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. He was born in Melbourne on 26 September 1922. His father was William Aeron Jones, a former President of the Australian Veterinary Association, and his grandfather was David Jones, a Welsh sea captain. His mother, Elsie Vera Kelley, was the daughter of A A Kelley, chief stipendiary magistrate in Melbourne. Peter was educated at the Melbourne Church of England Grammar School and the University of Melbourne, where he qualified in 1945 with honours in all subjects. He spent two years in house appointments at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, from which he won the Cleveland fellowship to Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1948.

He went to London to study for the Fellowship and stayed in the prototype Nuffield College. He quickly passed the FRCS and obtained a registrar post at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, and decided to specialise in paediatric surgery. He was locum registrar at Great Ormond Street in 1953, where he was particularly influenced by Sir Denis Browne. At the end of this visit to London in 1953 he met and married Helen Juliana Barnes, a doctor and the daughter of the house governor of King's College Hospital.

In 1953, he returned as assistant surgeon to the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, was promoted surgeon to outpatients in 1956 and full surgeon in 1961. He became President of the Paediatric Society of Victoria in 1971, was editor of the Australian Paediatric Journal and Chairman of the senior medical staff of the Royal Children's Hospital in 1970.

He published extensively, including a monograph on torticollis, and wrote textbooks on clinical paediatric surgery and malignant disease in childhood. His hobbies were many and varied, including typography, printing, publishing, photography, heraldry and medical history. He also had a cattle farm. He leaves six children, five daughters and one son.

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