Andrew Cairncross Livingston (ca 1812-1884)
Some of the first doctors to arrive in Australia from Europe were the ships’ surgeons. Initially accompanying the voyages of discovery to the new world, they then sailed on convict ships and later were part of many waves of immigration. One of these surgeons was Dr Andrew Cairncross Livingston. Educated in Edinburgh, in 1852 he was surgeon superintendent (in charge of passengers) on the ship Una. He was paid ten shillings for every passenger delivered. The Una left Liverpool on 25 August 1852, arriving at Port Phillip seven months later, in February 1853.
The collection has his apprenticeship papers from 1828, degrees and medical registration certificates including the degree of doctor of medicine awarded by the University of Melbourne to Dr Andrew Cairncross Livingston (MHM2012.138). The testamur, signed by Chancellor Sir Redmond Barry and Vice-Chancellor A.C. Brownless, is dated 1858, four years before Brownless was successful in establishing a medical school at the University of Melbourne. It acknowledges the qualifications Livingston had received at the University of Edinburgh.
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