The Dissecting Room in 1864 showing Professor George Britton Halford (1824-1910) with first and second year students

Date
1864
Description
Black and white photograph, heavily retouched with ink or water colour, of a dissection class in 1864 conducted by Professor George Britton Halford (1824-1910), the first Chair of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology at the University of Melbourne. It shows dissection tables supporting corpses. MHM00463.1 has a plaque label and an elaborate dark wooden frame and gilt slip frame. MHM00463.2 is sepia reprint laid down on cardboard.

The verso of the reprint has this inscription: "Halford with the first 2 years of anatomy classes in 1864 / Front table (l. to r.) P. Moloney, A. Mackie, Prof G B. Halford and W.C. Rees / (Moloney, Mackie & Rees were the first 3 / students) Moloney & Rees were to be the first medical graduates.

Back table (l. to r.), O.V. Lawrence, T.R. Ashworth, F. Long, Dr G.H. Fetherston who acted as / an unofficial demonstrator.

In the background is the medical school porter.

The dissection took place in the converted stable / in the backyard of Harford's rented house in Madelene Street".

Featured from left to right are: Octavius Vernon Lawrence, Thomas Ramsden Ashworth, Patrick Moloney, Francis Long, Alexander Mackie, Dr Gerald Harry Fetherstone, Professor George Britton Halford, William Carey Rees.

Thomas Ashworth (arrived Australia 1860s, died 1876, third from the left) was the first person to document the existence of Circulating Tumour Cells (CTCs) in the Australian Medical Journal in 1869, the year he graduated from the University of Melbourne.
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Object detail

Date
Medium
photograph, ink and watercolour, mounted and framed
Measurements
49.3 x 55.8 x 4.0 cm (framed image)
30.7 x 38.5 (sepia reprint laid down)
31.5 x 46.5 cm (b&w copy)
Accession Number
MHM00463
Inscriptions
inscriptions ▫ verso: 'Professor Halford with the first 2 years of anatomy/classes in 1864/Front table (l. to r.) P. Malony, A. Mackie,/Prof G.B. Halford and W.C. Rees/(Molony, Mackie & Rees were the first 3/students) Moloney & Rees were to be the first/Medical graduates./Back table (l. to r.) O.V. Lawrence, T.R. Ashworth/F. Long & Dr G. H. Fetherston who acted as/an unofficial demonstrator/In the background is the medical school/porter/The dissection took place in the converted stable/in the backyard of Halford's rented house/in Madeleine Street' ▫ reprint
owner's mark/inscriptions ▫ verso: as cartouche, 'DEPARTMENT/OF/MEDICAL HISTORY' ▫ reprint
accession number/owner's mark/inscriptions ▫ verso, in lr cnr: '463.2' ▫ reprint
numbered/inscriptions ▫ verso, in ur cnr: '11' encircled ▫ reprint
inscriptions ▫ incised on plaque, 'THE DISSECTING ROOM IN 1864. SHOWING HALFORD WITH FIRST AND SECOND YEAR STUDENTS/FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:/OCTAVIUS VERNON LAWRENCE, THOMAS RAMSDEN ASHWORTH, PATRICK MALONEY./FRANCIS LONG, ALEXANDER MACKIE, DR. GERALD HARRY FEATHERSTONE,/PROFESSOR GEORGE BRITTON HALFORD, WILLIAM CAREY REES./DR. FETHERSTONE ACTED AS AN UNOFFICIAL PROSECTOR TO PROFESSOR HALFORD./IN THE BACKGROUND IS THE MEDICAL SCHOOL PORTER.'
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