From David, Edith Eliza, Eric and Gwen Collingwood

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Letters sent from David, Edith Eliza, Eric and Gwen Collingwood.

Administrative / Biographical History

Son of William Collingwood and brother of W. G. Collingwood. Educated at Liverpool College, he matriculated at the University of London in the winter of 1875-6. He began to study for his profession in the School of Medicine, University College, Liverpool (then the Royal Infirmary School of Medicine), where he won the Junior and Senior Medals for Anatomy and Physiology. He entered University College, London, in 1877, and won the Silver Medal for Medicine, graduating as MB BS with 1st Class Honours, in 1882. At University College Hospital he filled the offices of House Surgeon, House Physician, and Obstetric Assistant, and was also Assistant to the Professor of Medicine, Senior Demonstrator of Anatomy, and Assistant Teacher of Practical Surgery at University College. Threatened with tuberculosis, he went out to Sydney in 1884, where he joined Dr Twynam in practice. His health greatly improved; and his professional activity became prodigious. In addition to one of the largest practices in Sydney, Collingwood was Hon Physician to the Prince Alfred Hospital, Visiting Medical Officer to the Infant Home, Ashfield, and Hon Surgeon to the Women and Children's Hospital, Petersham, Sydney (the suburb where he resided). He returned to England in the summer of 1898, apparently cured of his old trouble, but fell ill again and was for some time an inmate of the Sanatorium of Hohennef. His death occurred at Ringwood on Sept 23rd, 1899. Born in 1856, Edith Eliza Job married David Collingwood in around 1883. She moved with him to Australia when he emigrated there to work as a medical doctor. Together they had two children, Winifred (Gwen) George Marie (1886-1969) and Eric Hugh (1889-1937). She died in 1929.