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Biographical entry Montgomery, Sydney Hamilton Rowan (1869 - 1916)

25 October 1869
Belfast, Ireland
1 March 1916
Karrakatta, Western Australia, Australia


Sydney Montgomery played a vital role in the treatment and management of the insane in Western Australia (WA). As Inspector General and Medical Officer for the Insane, Montgomery oversaw the running of all mental health facilities in WA and introduced the 1904 Lunacy Act and the 1912 Inebriates Act. He was also the local branch president of the British Medical Association in 1909.



1879 - 1888
Education - Studied at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Ireland
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (ChB) completed at the Royal University of Ireland
c. 1895 - c. 1896
Career position - Ship's Surgeon on the City of Agra, India and South America
1897 - c. 1900
Career position - Assistant at the Nottingham City Asylum for the Insane, UK
1901 - 1902
Career position - Superintending Medical Officer of Asylums in Western Australia
20 June 1901
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Fremantle, WA)
1903 -
Career position - Inspector General and Medical Officer for the Insane
Career position - Drafted Western Australia's new Lunacy Act
Career position - Co-established (with WP Birmingham) a three-year training act for mental-care nurses
Career position - President of the British Medical Association, Western Australian branch
Career position - Drafted the Inebriates Act

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  • Ellis, Archie Samuel, 'Sydney Hamilton Montgomery (1869-1916), Psychiatrist', Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, vol. 10, 1986, pp. 559-560. Details


McCarthy, G.J.