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Sir Cecil Colville, c. 1965

William Dargie

oil on canvas (frame: 93.2 cm x 80.7 cm, support: 76.3 cm x 63.7 cm)

Sir Cecil Colville (1891–1984), medical practitioner, was the first president of the Australian Medical Association. Born in St Kilda, he was educated at Melbourne Grammar School and then proceeded to the University of Melbourne, graduating with first class honours in surgery and obstetrics and gynaecology. In the First World War he served in the Royal and Australian Army Medical Corps on the Western Front. Colville is especially notable for his more than 64 years in private practice in Hawthorn and Camberwell, Melbourne. From 1924 to 1951 he was honorary paediatric surgeon at the Alfred Hospital, devising a procedure for correcting cleft palates, especially in very young children. He was Chairman of the Victoria branch of the British Medical Association from 1939 to 1966, and president of the federal council of the BMA from 1955 to 1962. He was awarded the gold medal of the British Medical Association in 1961, and its Australian equivalent in 1964.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Due 2010
© Roger Dargie

Accession number: 2010.65

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William Dargie (age 53 in 1965)

Sir Cecil Colville (age 74 in 1965)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.