Grant to allow conservation of important photograph

The Medical History Museum was recently awarded a grant from the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund for the conservation of an important 1905 framed photograph of medical students that includes Gordon Clunes Mathison, the first Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. The conservation of the photograph will add to the collection of images the Medical History Museum has of Mathison, an internationally acclaimed scientist and medical researcher who was killed at Gallipoli in 1915.

A medical graduate from the University of Melbourne, Mathison was awarded a Sharpey Scholarship which enabled him to carry out research at University College London between 1908 and 1913. Mathison enlisted with the AIF at the commencement of World War I and landed at Gallipoli as a battalion doctor on 25 April 1915 (the original Anzac Day). His appointment as inaugural director of the new Walter and Eliza Hall Institute was finalised that same week, however he was fatally wounded on 9 May 1915. His death was lamented as a great loss to the science of medicine.

The conservation of the photograph will allow for its display, along with other related images, each ANZAC day.

Image: Detail of the photograph of medical students showing Gordon Clunes Mathison