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MORRISON, Dr Reginald ‘Reggie’ Herbert (1864-1941)

'Reggie' Morrison (Rugby, 1886)

'Reggie' Morrison (Rugby, 1886)

MORRISON, Dr Reginald ‘Reggie’ Herbert (1864-1941)


Medical practitioner, athlete and rugby player, ‘Reggie’ Morrison was renowned both at the College and in Scotland as a talented and versatile sportsman. The third child and second son of founding Geelong College Principal, George Morrison, 'Reggie' was born at Knowle House and educated at the College, matriculating in 1879. At School, he captained both the Cricket and Football Teams in 1880 and 1881 and during those years played for the Geelong Football Club. A gifted athlete at School, he won the Ladies Cup in 1880, a race over 440 yards and excelled the following year in the Maiden Plate, Steeplechase, and Throwing competition in the College Sports, emerging as that year’s winner of the Geelong College Cup as well as being the Senior Tennis Champion. He later became President of the OGCA. Like many of his era, he studied medicine at Edinburgh in Scotland, graduating in 1888, and, eventually practising as a general practitioner in Toorak, Melbourne and later as an obstetrician and gynaecologist with the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Dr Colin McDonald described 'Reggie's' medical career as follows: 'Reggie Morrison built up a large and successful general practice at Toorak. An interest in obstetrics and gynaecology soon became evident, and he joined the honorary staff of the Women' Hospital in 1899. Over a long span of years he actively served this hospital, first as an obstetrician and later as a gynaecologist. In 1925 he was appointed an honorary Gynaecological Surgeon. In 1910 he relinquished general practice and, practising in Collins St, confined himself solely to obstetrics and gynaecology. As senior surgeon to the Women's Hospital, he succeeded Dr Felix Meyer as lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Melbourne, retiring from this appointment in 1926. He was recognised as a good lecturer. Morrison was associated with the formation of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, of which he was a foundation Fellow, and was on the Victorian State Council of that College for several years. ... He was an active member of the Melbourne Club, of which at one time he had the distinction of being President, and was also a member of the Rotary Club for a number of years. He was widely recognised as a very skilled exponent of the game of bridge.'


‘Reggie’ Morrison became a leading amateur athlete of Scotland and a distinguished Scottish rugby representative. He played cricket for the University, was a leading swimmer and captained the University Rugby XV. As a national rugby representative playing threequarter back he played in England, Wales and Ireland. He married in Scotland to Elizabeth Jane Profitt (1865-1943). Three sons were born - George Noel Irving Morrison known as ‘Tim’ (1893-1971) joined the British Colonial Service becoming acting Governor of part of the Sudan and worked for the British Foreign Office; Lt Col David Irving Morrison (1903-1944) was killed while on active service in Burma during World War II; the third son was Norman Irving Morrison (1909-1968), a lieutenant in the AIF during World War II who farmed near Seymour. All three sons were educated at the College.


Sources: Macdonald, Dr Colin The Book of Remembrance. The Royal Women's Hospital: Melbourne, 1956.
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