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James George Beaney
Family Name: Beaney  Variant Spellings:  
Given Names: James George
DOB 15 January 1828
DOD 30 June 1891 
Place of Birth: Canterbury, Kent, England
Place of Death: Melbourne, Vic 
Age at Death: 63
Qualifications: LRCS Edinburgh 1855
FRCS Edinburgh 1860
MD St.Andrews 1879
Other Occupations:
Voyages: Unknown voyage to Melbourne 1852
  • "Barrackpore" dep. Melbourne for London 1 May 1853
  • "Shooting Star" from Liverpool arr. Melbourne 26 February 1857
  • "Siam" dep. Port Phillip for Southampton 15 June 1878
  • "Assam" from Point de Galle arr. Melbourne 5 November 1879
  • Came out as: Surgeon superintendent 
    Date Settled Aus: 1852
    Date of Departure:  
    First Registered:
    Off Register:  
    Addresses: Edinburgh, Scotland (ADB)
  • Victoria 1852 (ADB)
  • Edinburgh (completes course) (ADB)
  • Gibraltar (3rd Regiment) (ADB)
  • Crimea (ADB)
  • England, France, America (ADB)
  • Melbourne, Vic 1857 onwards (ADB)
  • Britain 1878-1879 (ADB)
  • Positions Held: Assistant Surgeon, 3rd Lancashire Militia
  • Staff Surgeon, Turkish Army (Crimean War)
  • Surgeon Prince of Wales Regt of Hussars (1855 SLV pictures catalogue)
  • Resident Medical Officer to the Military Hospital Gibraltar (before 1857) (MMH)
  • Honorary Surgeon, Melbourne Hospital
  • MLC Victoria 1883-1891 (ADB)
  • Publications: Original contributions to the practice of conservative surgery. Melbourne, 1859
  • Contributions to practical surgery, pathological, therapeutic, and operative. Melbourne, 1861
  • Constitutional syphilis. Melbourne, 1872
  • The generative system and its functions in health and disease. Melbourne, 1877
  • His publications included articles in medical journals, a number of short monographs, and several substantial books
  • His numerous articles in journals appeared mostly in the Medical Record and the Medical and Surgical Review in the 1860s
  • Notes: Surgeon, politician, philanthropist
  • Beaney was born in the poorest parish in Canterbury and his father, a labourer, died when he was only two. He and his older brother, half sister and a young sister were brought up by the widowed mother
  • The Beaney Institute in Canterbury, England was established with money he left to endow an institute for working men (see other links)
  • A large amount of material is held in the MSV archive (see refs)
  • There are many references to him in the Australian Medical Journal particularly in the 1870s
  • ADB cites some useful references
  • Alan Barber of Canterbury, England, is compiling a pamphlet on Beaney inspired by the renovation of the Beaney Institute building. Alan is particularly looking for information about Beaney's Canterbury years and his private life -posted February 2009
  • Acknowledgments: This record was updated in May 2004 with information from Ann Tovell's card index to the early Australian medical journals; further updated in November 2008 with information from Christine Laskowski of Essendon, Vic; and further updated in February 2009 with information from Alan Barber of Canterbury, England (who is looking for further information - see note)
    References: Australian Dictionary of Biography
  • Legally qualified medical practitioners. Victoria Government Gazette 19 January 1858 [J. G. Beaney listed]
  • Medical Directory (UK) 1873
  • Smart RN. List of doctors awarded the MD of the University of St. Andrews [unpublished manuscript]
  • Ford E. Bibliography of Australian Medicine 1790-1900. Sydney, 1976
  • Medical Society of Victoria archives file held at Brownless Medical Library, University of Melbourne
  • Shipping intelligence. Argus (Melbourne) 28 February 1857 [James George Beaney surgeon superintendent on "Shooting Star" from Liverpool]
  • Mr J G Beaney [advertisement]. Melbourne Morning Herald 8 July 1857 [MB MRCS Edin and LMROS consulting and operative surgeon, 160 Elizabeth Street. Late resident Medical Officer to the Military Hospital Gibraltar]
  • Shipping. Australasian (Melbourne) 15 June 1878 [Mr J. G. Beaney on "Siam" for Southampton]
  • Shipping. Argus (Melbourne) 6 November 1879 [Dr J. G. Beaney on "Assam" from Point de Galle]
  • Portraits: Several portraits are held at State Library of Victoria and may be viewed on the Library's website
    Links to Pictures:  
    Other Links:

    last updated 03-04-2019

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