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WETTENHALL, Henry Norman Burgess AM (1915-2000)

WETTENHALL, Dr Henry Norman Burgess AM (1915-2000)

Dr. Norman Wettenhall became a member of the Geelong College Council from 1960 to 1991 and served as Chairman from 1969 to 1977.

Wettenhall House at Geelong College is named in honour of the contribution of the Wettenhall Family.

Norman Wettenhall, as he preferred to be known was born at Foxhill, Farnborough, England to parents Roland Ravenscroft Wettenhall (1882-1965) and Jane Vera Creswick. He grew up in Melbourne and attended the Geelong College as a boarder from 1930 to the end of first term, 1934. At College, he was Calvert House Captain, a member of the 1st Football XVIII of 1933, a School Prefect in 1933 and 1934 and a member of the Pegasus Committee in 1933. After College, he completed a medical degree at Melbourne University, graduating in 1940 with honours in all subjects. He then briefly joined the resident staff of the Royal Melbourne Hospital before enlisting in the RAN during World War II. He served in the cruiser, Shropshire and and the destroyer, Nepal but, after becoming ill, was invalided out of the navy.

His brother, Roland Hugh Alexander Wettenhall (1918-1988), a grazier, also attended the School from 1932 to 1937.

Sources: Ad Astra March, 1978. The Wettenhall Library: natural history, especially ornithology, voyages,travels and Austaliana from the library of Dr Norman Wettenhall; James Affleck, Geelong Collegians at the Second World War p541.
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