Australia

As of number 18 (1997) the title of the Society’s Newsletter has changed its title to Australian Veterinary History Record.

In nr.18 it is reported that the Austr. Vet. Hist. Soc. has taken custody of the historical segment (600 books and a large collection of reports and proceedings) of the Max Henry Memorial Library, that no longer will be maintained by the Austr. Vet. Assoc. and is donated to the Veterinary School of Zambia.

In the same issue there are articles by G.E. Fewster on the early history of the veterinary profession in Western Australia, and by B.A. Woolcock and R.J. Rogers on the early developement of veterinary services in Queensland.

In nr.19 is to be found an abridged version of the lecture on Ancient veterinary texts, given by Norman Comben at a conference in 1992.

Nr.20 has, next to a short report of our Vienna congress by John Fisher, reminiscences of A.E. Moore (1879-1963) who was a veterinary surgeon in the coastal area of New South Wales.

Nr.21 has three articles: the first by B. Woolcock presents six short biographies of veterinarians connected with the meat export whose names appear on the World War I Roll of Honour in the Customs House, Brisbane; the second is an impression, full of melancholy written in 1981, of a reunion at the occasion of the 2000th veterinary graduate of the Veterinary School of Sydney; and the third is on BSE by John Fisher, mainly according to his Vienna lecture, published in ARGOS, nr. 16 (1997).

Nr.22 presents notes, written by W.A.N. Robertson, in the 1930’s director of Veterinary Hygiene in the Commonwealth Department of Health, and engaged in the writing of an history of the veterinary profession in Australia, on Australian quarantine.

Nr.23 contains i.a. a paper given in 1998 by W.I.B. Beveridge on ‘Veterinary research in de 1930’s’, the golden era of research into diseases of farm animals in Australia. There is an account on the Australian Veterinary Association coat of arms, and data on the veterinarians who practised in South Australia in the 19th and beginning of the 20th century by W.S. Smith.

The liveliness of the Australian Veterinary History Society is reflected in the three bulletins (nrs. 24-26) published in 1999. The president, dr. Keith Baker, initiated several plans (oral history, fostering the reading by members of historical texts, the compilation of a book on Australian veterinary history). The treasurer reported that “the Society continues to be in a strong position” and the membership grew with 16, now totalling 111. For the contents of these and later issues of the Australian Veterinary History Record see under Veterinary History Journals.

Recent Articles

Recent articles relating to veterinary history:

Bruce Vivash Jones, “From Inns and Coffee Houses to Red Lion Square,” Veterinary Record, 2012, March 10, pages 250-2. A succinct but thorough account of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (London) during its first 100 years.

Philip M. Teigen, “The Global History of Rabies and the Historian’s Gaze,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 2012, 67:318-27. Among the books reviewed is Arthur King, et al., Historical Perspectives of Rabies in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin (Paris: OIE, 2004).

Stephen Fisher, “War Horses: The Real Story of Equines in the First World War,” Postcard World, 2012, 3(2): 6-8 and 3(3):6-8. Brief article but very important as a source for illustrations of WWI horses.