George Britton Halford

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

George Britton Halford was born in Petworth, Sussex, England back in 1824 to James and Nancy.  He studied medicine in 1842.  He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1851, and the Royal College of Surgeons in 1852.  He received his doctorate at the University of St. Andrews in 1854.

In 1857, he was giving lectures at the Grover Place school of medicine, London.  In 1862, he was appointed professor of anatomy and pathology at the University of Melbourne.  His classes were a full year longer than those existing in Great Britain and Ireland.  It took thirty years before the United Kingdom adopted a minimum five-year course for the medical profession.  He started out teaching three students, over the next 15 years the count grew to 70.  He died in 1910. 

What you may not know about George is that he founded the University of Melbourne School of Medicine.

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Comments (7)

Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

think of all those doctors he trained and all the lives he saved as a result- what a wonderful thing to have done - to found a medical school! 

May 23, 2020 05:04 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

You're right, James... I did not know about who founded the Melbourne School of Medicine. Then again, I didn't know there was a Melbourne School of Medicine. My bad, I suppose.

May 23, 2020 05:56 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There definitely is a lot to learn within the medical field and it is kind of ridiculous that this new virus seems to have the medical field stumped.

May 23, 2020 06:23 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Interesting history, heading off to Australia to set up the school of medicine there rather than teaching in England.

May 23, 2020 07:09 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

He certainly led a busy life and contributed much in the medical field. Another interesting read!

May 23, 2020 02:49 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

4 years of college to be a physician... what a deal. I know my brother had 16 years of college to be a clinical psychologist James Dray .

May 23, 2020 06:35 PM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,

 Think of the progress in medicine now as compared to almost 200 years ago. Dr. Halford would be amazed!

May 24, 2020 02:31 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Clearly many Australians have benefited from the work of George Britton Halford.


Jun 16, 2020 12:45 PM