Obituaries

Paying tribute to the lives of Melbourne Medical School alumni.

The medical graduating class of 1910-11 commissioned a plaque in fond commemoration of their classmate, Canute Henry Clowes.

In the early 1900s, the medical graduating class of 1910-11 commissioned a plaque in fond commemoration of their classmate, Canute Henry Clowes. Canute had died from a peri-tonsilar abscess only months before he had a chance to sit his final exam in the medical course. Baldwin Spencer, then Secretary of the Sports Union, wrote to Canute Clowes’ father, telling him of the ‘memorial tablet’ erected by the students and noting that he trusted the plaque would be ‘of some gratification’ to the Clowes family because through it ‘his memory will be perpetuated amongst future generations of students’. The plaque, discovered by Rita Hardiman, when she was curator of the Harry Brookes Allen Museum in 2005, has been restored and is in the Medical History Museum collection.

These pages are where we remember and celebrate the lives of alumni who are no longer with us. Contributions are welcome and should be directed to The Editor, Chiron, 4th Floor, 766 Elizabeth Street, The University of Melbourne or via email to: alumni-mms@unimelb.edu.au.