Born on 13 March 1882 at
Carr’s Plains, near Stawell, Victoria the seventh of nine children to
Holford Highlord Wettenhall (1840-1920, Stawell Cemetery) and Mary
née Dennis (1846-1917) and younger brother of
Marcus (q.v.). After his
education at Geelong College and Ormond College, University of Melbourne (M.B.,
B.S., 1906) he spent a period as resident at Hobart Hospital,
Tasmania; until his retirement in 1959 his medical practice was exclusively
in dermatology where his major interests “were related to radium and
superficial X-ray therapy which he used for a wide range of conditions”.
During the Great War he joined the (British) Royal Army Medical Corps
(1914-16) serving on the hospital ship Panama in Malta and later in
France with the 9th Royal Munster Fusiliers returning to Australia in March
1916; he transferred to the Australian Army Medical Corps for the duration
of the war until his discharge in 1919 with the rank of major. For many
years Wettenhall was honorary consultant to the Melbourne Hospital (1922-42)
and was a foundation fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(1938) and Australian College of Dermatology (1948). “Friendly,
philanthropic and generous with his knowledge he could appear autocratic”,
for many years he became a respected figure in Victoria's historical
circles, as foundation president of the Genealogical Society of Victoria
(1941-49) and president of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria
(1952-55); with the noted author Bob Croll (1869-1947) he co-wrote “Dr.
Alexander Thomson: a pioneer of Melbourne and founder of
(1937). Residing at Aberfeldie - 577 Toorak Road, Toorak, Wettenhall
died on 21 July 1965 survived by two sons of his marriage to Jane neé
Creswick (1884-1928); Henry
(q.v.) became a noted paediatrician and ornithologist. In June
1925, Wettenhall donated £0-10-0 to The Gordon Memorial Committee for the erection of the statue of
Adam Lindsay Gordon (q.v.)
(Reproduced with permission of
The Genealogical Society of
(above) Monumental Headstone (enlarge
ADB Volume 12 1891-1939 (Smy-Z).
The Age 23 July 1965.
The Argus 25 June 1925 p10.
Allen, H. (ed), “University of Melbourne
Record of Active Service 1914-18” (1926).
Corfield, J & Persse, M., “Geelong
Grammarians. A Biographical Register Vol I 1855-1913” (1996).
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