John Howard Lidgett Cumpston Department of Health.(19 June 1890 – 9 October 1954) was a senior Australian public servant, and first Director-General of the
|Director-General of the Department of Health|
1 March 1921 – 1 June 1945
John Howard Lidgett Cumpston
19 June 1880
South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Died||9 October 1954 (aged 74)|
Forrest, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne|
Life and careerEdit
John Cumpston was born in South Yarra, Melbourne on 19 June 1880, to parents Elizabeth Cumpston (née Newman) and George William Cumpston. He attended Wesley College and went on to study medicine at the University of Melbourne (1898-1902). His interests were in public health and preventative medicine.
He was appointed medical officer to the central board of health in Western Australia in 1907.
He married Gladys Maeva, the daughter of Dr G. A. Walpole of Gormanston, Tasmania, on 2 January 1908. Among their seven children was Ina Mary, an academic historian of British imperialism, and John Stanley, diplomat, author and publisher.
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