Papers of Frederick Wood Jones

Scope and Content

This collection contains papers related to the life and works of Professor Frederick Wood Jones. This includes correspondence between Wood Jones and his associates, copies of manuscripts, articles and lectures by Wood Jones, papers relating to Wood Jones' unpublished biography of Archibald Watson, manuscripts by other authors sent to Wood Jones, poetry and fiction written by Wood Jones under the pseudonym 'Natterjack', Wood Jones' research notes on a variety of scientific subjects, papers and photographs related to Australian Aborigines and martial law proclamations against them by George Arthur in 1828, a collection of photographs and correspondence regarding Tubinares and other oceanic birds, photographs, X Rays and drawings by Wood Jones related to his scientific work, papers related to Wood Jones work with the Royal College of Surgeons of England, diplomas earned by Wood Jones during his career, a collection of obituaries written on Wood Jones' death by various authors, copies of Wood Jones' birth and death certificates and his will, papers relating to Wood Jones' property 'Broomy Bank', correspondence and agreements between Wood Jones and his publishers, papers related to the estates and finances of Wood Jones and his immediate family and personal photographs of Wood Jones and his contemporaries.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederick Wood Jones (FRS 1925; MRCS 1904; FRCS 1930) was born in London 23 January 1879. He was a British observational naturalist, embryologist, anatomist and anthropologist, who spent a lot of time in Australia and wrote extensively on early humans. He died 29 September 1954.

In the early part of his career he taught anatomy and physical anthropology at London School of Medicine for Women, was Medical Officer on the Cocos Keeling islands, 1905-1906; worked in the Anatomy Department at St Thomas' Hospital, 1908-1912; and was Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Free Hospital, 1912-1919. He went on to hold the following posts: Professor of Anatomy at Adelaide University, 1919-26; Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawaii, 1926-1930; Professor of Anatomy at Melbourne University, 1930-1938; Professor of Anatomy at the University of Manchester, 1938-1945; and Professor of Comparative and Human Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1945-1951. He was also Honorary Conservator at the Royal College of Surgeons, 1951-1954. Jones was awarded the Clarke Medal by the Royal Society of New South Wales in 1941.

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