George Henry Abbott

George Henry Abbott (1867–1942) was an Australian surgeon, President of the New South Wales branch of the British Medical Association, President of the Royal Australian Historical Society and a fellow of the University of Sydney Senate.[1]

George Henry Abbott
Died7 November 1942
EducationNewington College
University of Sydney
Parent(s)Joseph Abbott and Margaret Ann Bennett


Early life

Abbott was the son of Joseph Abbott, wool-broker and politician, and Margaret Ann Bennett. He was one of six sons and three daughters. At birth his family lived in Glebe before moving to Newtown where his father was an alderman. Around 1880 the family moved to the newly fashionable suburb of Croydon. Abbott was educated at Newington College (1881–1884)[2] and graduated in arts and medicine from the University of Sydney.[3]

Medical career

Abbott practiced as a surgeon in Macquarie Street, Sydney and lectured in clinical surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital from 1911 to 1927. On the foundation of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons he was appointed as a Fellow. For many years, Abbott served as a councillor of the New South Wales branch of the British Medical Association and then was elected President.

Community involvement

He was a keen numismatist and served as President of the Royal Australian Historical Society from 1934 to 1936[4] and as a Fellow of the Sydney University Senate from 1919 to 1929.[5] Abbott served as President of the Old Newingtonians' Union in 1901.[6]

Preceded by
Cecil Purser
Schofield Scholarship
Dux of Newington College

Succeeded by
Norman Fletcher


  1. Obituaries Australia
  2. Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp1
  3. Alumni Sidneienses
  4. Royal Australian Historical Society Retrieved 3.10.2007
  5. University of Sydney Senate Retrieved 3.10.2007
  6. Newington Across the Years, A History of Newington College 1863 - 1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 347
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