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Biographical entry Verco, Joseph Cooke (1851 - 1933)

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Born
1 August 1851
Fullarton, South Australia, Australia
Died
29 July 1933
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Physician and Conchologist

Summary

Sir Joseph Verco practised medicine in South Australia from 1878. In 1885 he helped found the Medical School of the University of Adelaide and lectured in medicine 1887-1915. His medical research resulted in publications on hydatids and the prevalence of tuberculosis in South Australia. On retirement he revived his interest in shells. Verco was Honorary Curator of Molluscs at the South Australian Museum from 1914 to 1933, his field work including substantial dredging in the Great Australian Bight. In publishing on molluscs for nearly 40 years he described over 160 new species of marine animals. Verco was generous with his philanthropic donations: to the Adelaide Children's Hospital; to the South Australian Museum, to which he donated his extensive collection of specimens and books in 1926; and to the Medical Sciences Club of South Australia which allowed the inauguration of the Australian journal of experimental biology and medical science. The Sir Joseph Verco Medal has been awarded by the Royal Society of South Australia since 1929 to recognise distinguished scientific investigations carried out by a member of the Society.

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Events

1874
Education - Member, Royal College of Surgeons, London
1875
Education - MB, University of London
1875
Education - Licentiate, Royal College of Physicians, London
1876
Education - BS, University of London
1876
Education - MD, University of London
1876
Education - Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, London
1876 - 1878
Career position - House physician, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London
1878 - 1880
Award - Fellow, Adelaide Philosophical Society
1880 - 1933
Award - Fellow, Royal Society of South Australia
1882 - 1912
Career position - Honorary physician to the Adelaide Hospital
1886 - 1887
Career position - President, South Australian Branch, British Medical Association
1887
Career position - President, First Intercolonial Medical Congress of Australasia, Adelaide
1887 - 1919
Career position - Lecturer in Medicine, University of Adelaide
1895 - 1902
Career position - Member of Council, University of Adelaide
1903 - 1920
Career position - President, Royal Society of South Australia
1914 - 1919
Career position - President, South Australian Branch, British Medical Association
1914 - 1933
Career position - Honorary Curator of Mollusca, South Australian Institute
1919
Award - Knight Bachelor (Kt)
1919
Career event - Retired from medical practice
1919 - 1921
Career position - Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Adelaide
1921 - 1928
Career position - Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Adelaide

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Archival resources

South Australian Museum Archives

  • Joseph Cooke Verco - Records, 1914 - 1933; South Australian Museum Archives. Details

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • Joseph Cooke Verco - Records, 1851 - 1924, PRG 322; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Royal Society of South Australia - Records, 1853 - 1969, SRG 10; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

The University of Adelaide Archives

  • Joseph Cooke Verco - Records, 1885 - 1915; The University of Adelaide Archives. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Verco, J., Combing the Southern Seas (Adelaide: Rigby Ltd, 1935). Details
  • Verco, P. W., Masons, millers and medicine: James Crabb Verco and his sons (Adelaide: P. W. Verco, 1976), 159 pp. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Cotton, B. C., 'Obituary and bibliography of conchological works of Sir Joseph Cooke Verco', South Australian Naturalist, 14 (4) (1933), 121-4. Details
  • R., W., 'Sir Joseph Cooke Verco', Australian journal of experimental biology and medical science, 11 (1933), 153-5. Details
  • Roach, B. S., 'Obituary notice Sir Joseph Verco (1851-1933)', Transactions and report of the Royal Society of South Australia, 57 (1933), v-viii. Details
  • Verco, J. C., 'Sir Edward Stirling, Kt, CMG, FRS, MA, MD, FRCS, CMZS. A Note of Appreciation', Medical Journal of Australia, 1 (1919), 298-299. Details

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See also

  • Barbalet, Margaret, The Adelaide Children's Hospital, 1876-1976 (Adelaide: The Hospital, 1975), 224 pp. Details
  • Hale, H. M., 'The First Hundred Years of the Museum, 1856-1956', Records of the South Australian Museum, 12 (1956), 1-225. Details
  • Hughes, James Estcourt, A History of the Royal Adelaide Hospital (Adelaide: Board of Management, Royal Adelaide Hospital, 1982), 240 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn