Frank McCallum (public servant)

Dr Frank "Doc" McCallum (26 May 1890 – 25 September 1946) was a senior Australian public servant and medical practitioner, best known for his time as Director-General of the Department of Health.

Frank McCallum
Director-General of the Department of Health
In office
1 June 1945 – 25 September 1946
Personal details
Born(1890-05-26)26 May 1890
Ararat, Victoria, Australia
Died25 September 1946(1946-09-25) (aged 56)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
NationalityAustralia Australian
Spouse(s)Kate Annie Hosking
(m. 1926–1929; her death)
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
OccupationPublic servant

Life and careerEdit

McCallum was born in Ararat, Victoria on 26 May 1890.[1] He attended Wesley College for schooling, and later the University of Melbourne.[2] In his final year of Medicine at University, during World War I, McCallum enrolled to serve in the first First Australian Imperial Force. He was sent to Gallipoli, before being recalled to Australia by Government order to complete his studies.[3]

McCallum joined the Commonwealth Public Service in the Department of Trade and Customs, in 1920.[1]

In May 1945, McCallum was appointed Director-General of the Department of Health.[4][5] For most of his term in office, McCallum was in ill health.[6]

McCallum died in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, on 25 September 1946.[2]


In 1922, McCallum was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation scholarship to study public health and epidemiology in the United States and the United Kingdom.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Kerley, Margot, "McCallum, Frank (1890–1946)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, archived from the original on 3 April 2015
  2. ^ a b "Obituary. Dr. F. McCallum". The Canberra Times. 26 September 1946. p. 4.
  3. ^ "The late Dr. Frank McCallum. An appreciation". The Canberra Times. 27 September 1946. p. 4.
  4. ^ "Dr. F. McCallum to be Director-General of Health". The Canberra Times. 23 May 1945. p. 2.
  5. ^ CA 17: Department of Health, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 15 December 2013
  6. ^ "Dr. McCallum dead". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 September 1946. p. 1.
Government offices
Preceded by Director-General of the Department of Health
1945 – 1946
Succeeded by