Established 1894

The Wallaby Club .Inc

Biographical entry Syme, George A ( - 1929)




Sir George Syme joined the Wallaby Club in its founding year, 1894 and remained an active member until his death in 1929. He was President in 1913. He was a surgeon and nephew of the Symes who founded The Age and The Leader. He was foundation President of the College of Surgeons of Australasia (later the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) in 1927. He held several University of Melbourne teaching appointments including anatomy and pathology, and was Outpatient Surgeon at the Melbourne Hospital. With the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in World War I he served in Egypt and Gallipoli. After the War he was a member of the Repatriation Commission. He was man of few words and known as "Silent Syme".



1894 - 1929
Membership - Wallaby Club

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Sources used to compile this entry: Attwood, Harold (ed.), The Centenary History of the Wallaby Club, Landscape Publications, Mont Albert, 1993. List of members page 141, additional references page 8, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 31, 32, 34, 37, 64, 74, photographs page14, 21, 52.

Prepared by: Gavan McCarthy

A Private Club

The Wallaby Club is a Melbourne-based walking club established in 1894 with a strong bias towards good fellowship, talking and an appreciation of both the natural and built environments. Membership is strictly limited and is by invitation only.

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