Biographical entry Armstrong, William George (1859 - 1941)
- 29 May 1859
- 27 December 1941
- Physician and Health worker
William Armstrong was city health officer for Sydney 1900-1913, senior medical officer of health and deputy-director-general, Department of Public Health 1913-1922, and director-general of public health and president of the Board of Health 1922-1924. He advocated disease prevention through environmental control, sanitary improvement and public education.
Born Essex, England, 29 May 1859. Died Vaucluse, 27 December 1941. Educated Universities of Sydney (BA 1884, MB, ChM 1888) and Cambridge (diploma in public health 1912). "Singleton Argus" 1878, sub-editor, "Sydney Mail" 1879, medical practitioner Merriwa, Emmaville and Bowral 1889-94, England 1894-97, medical officer of health for the Metropolitan Combined Sanitary Districts of Sydney 1898-1900, city health officer 1900-13, lectured at the University of Sydney 1904-20, launched infant welfare movement 1904, employed qualified health visitors to advise mothers of new-born infants in Sydney, combined this with the Alice Rawson School for mothers 1914 to form the Baby Clinic Board (Armstrong was president), senior medical officer of health and deputy-director-general, Department of Public Health 1913-21, acting director-general of public health 1921-22, director-general of public health and president of the Board of Health 1922-24, member of the board until 1941, medical superintendent of Anthony Hordern & Sons Ltd until 1935.
- Thame, Claudia, 'Armstrong, William George (1859-1941)', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 7, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1979, pp. 97-98. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070099b.htm. Details
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