Surgical instrument kit

William Ford & Co (estab. 1840, closed Circa 1902)
Presented to Dr Herbert M. Hewlett (1872-1957) by Dr William Snowball (1854–1902); attributed as a 'fine set' by Professor Harold D. Attwood (1928-2005).

Hewlett was educated at Alexander Sutherland's Carlton College. After three years of a medical course at the University of Melbourne he completed his degree at the Edinburgh Medical School, graduating with distinctions in all subjects of the final year (M.R.C.P., 1896). He was greatly influenced by his teachers at Edinburgh, particularly the noted paediatrician Dr John Thomson. Hewlett had been keenly interested in reports of Röntgen's discovery of X-rays in November 1895 and closely followed developments in the field.

Hewlett returned to Melbourne in 1896 and joined his father's practice. Late that year he was appointed to the honorary staff of the Children's Hospital. There, because of long-standing interest in electricity and photography he was invited to install X-ray equipment costing some £25, and thus in 1897 established the first radiology department in a Melbourne public hospital. He served the Children's Hospital for thirty-eight years. For the first fifteen years his duties combined those of honorary physician, surgeon and radiologist. In 1912 he was appointed skiagraphist, from then on confining his interests to radiology. He was also appointed skiagraphist at St Vincent's Hospital from 1911 until 1934.
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Object detail

silver-plated and other metal, tortoiseshell, leather, velvet, paper and ink, gilt, fibre, gut
8.5 x 15.0 x 3.0 cm (pouch)
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Gift of Professor Bryan Gandevia,1987
dedications/inscriptions ▫ In gilt, tooled on pouch: 'HERBERT HEWLETT/FROM/W. SNOWBALL' ▫ pouch
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