William Camac Wilkinson

Medical Practitioner

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman City of Sydney 1902 1904

Family background

William Camac Wilkinson was born in 1857 at Enfield, NSW, the son of William H Wilkinson, a former judge, and Elizabeth S Wilkinson. He married twice, to Jessie Cruickshank and later to Dulcie Fry in Sydney. He died in London on 3 February 1946.

Occupation & interests

William Camac Wilkinson was educated at the University of Sydney (BA 1877) and the University of London (MB 1882, MD 1884) and also studied at Strasbourg and Vienna. He became an assistant demonstrator in anatomy at University College in London before returning to Australia as a physician in the throat, ear and skin departments of Sydney Hospital. From 1901 he was Lecturer in the Principles and Practice of Medicine at the University of Sydney. He was honorary physician of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and campaigned for registration and compulsory notification of tuberculosis. He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1902. He went to London in 1910, becoming a Harley Street consultant and chairman of the executive committee of the Tuberculin Dispensary League. He authored several medical texts on TB, surgical practice and cancer. While in England, he played cricket for Middlesex.

Parliamentary service

Wilkinson was elected member of the Legislative Assembly for Glebe from 1885 until 1889.

Local government service

William Wilkinson was Alderman for Belmore Ward, 1 December 1902 to 30 November 1904. He was a member of the Finance Committee and the Health and Recreations Committee in 1903, the Electric Lighting Committee, 1903-04, and the Health and By-Laws Committee in 1904. His brother Frederick Bushby Wilkinson was an alderman on Glebe Council.


‘Personal’, Freeman’s Journal, 1 October 1908, p. 18, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article111283803

City of Sydney Archives: Aldermen’s Files

NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages

Parliament of New South Wales, Former Members, Dr William Camac Wilkison

Society of Australian Genealogists: AGCI Index


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