Wood, William O.B.E. (Colonel)

Accession Number MSS1567
Collection type Manuscript
Measurement 1 Item
Object type Manuscript
Maker Wood, William O B E
Date made 1974
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 95/0568
Conflict Period 1910-1919
Period 1950-1959
Period 1960-1969
Second World War, 1939-1945
Period 1920-1929
First World War, 1914-1918
Period 1900-1909
Period 1940-1949
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Autobiographical manuscript titled `The trials, achivements, confessions and adventures in many lands of a well known Sydney physician', spans Dr Wood's life from childhood through to 92 years of age. Describes youth and education in Scotland, medical work and training at various hospitals, hotels and ships. Describes setting up General Practice in Coffs Harbour and Bondi, then working as a consulting physician in Sydney. Dr Wood served as a doctor in the Australian Army Medical Corps during WW2, and was the Medical Officer attached to 1st Light Horse Regiment for one period. After the war, Dr Wood was President of the Sydney Legacy Club, Chairman of the War Veteran's Home Committee (and involved in the foundation of the Home sites at Narrabeen, Yass,and Bare Island), and foundation Commanding Officer of 113 (Concord) Military Hospital. Also mentions `The New Guard' in Sydney during 1930's. This manuscript contains interesting insights into the social conditions in Australia throughout the decades, as well as documenting Dr Wood's long medical association with military and related organisations. Includes transcript of O.B.E. citation, and introduction by Miss Beatrice Davis.