George Arthur Kelsall

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George Arthur Kelsall

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Son of Henry Truman Kelsall and Blanche Edith Kelsall
Husband of Gertrude Monteith Rolland
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About George Arthur Kelsall

The Kelsall family have had a long association with the Royal Perth Hospital, extending over 60 years. Dr Henry Kelsall, George's father, was Honorary Ophthalmologist to the Perth Hospital in 1917. George was Honorary Resuscitation Officer which carried responsibility for the blood bank, blood transfusion and the burns unit from 1945 until his retirement in 1960. Dr Robert Kelsall, George's son did his postgraduate training in laboratory medicine at the Royal Perth Hospital.

George was born in Perth in 1905. He went to Edinburgh for training in medicine where he graduated MB ChB, there being no medical school in this State at the time. George Kelsall also served in an Honorary capacity for more than 15 years at the King Edward Memorial Hospital and during this time he did the first exchange transfusion for Rhesus incompatibility in Western Australia.

During the second World War, George joined the RAAMC and held the rank of Captain. However, in 1942 he was "manpowered" from the army and given the task of organising the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service. He was responsible for organising supplies of blood for the army and the whole of Western Australia.

George Kelsall wrote a number of scientific papers and many of these were published during the 1950s and 60s in the Lancet and British Medical Journal. Most of these papers were concerned with blood transfusion and original work with respect to the Rhesus factor.

In 1932 George married Gertrude Monkeith Rolland. They have three sons: one studied medicine (Dr GRH Kelsall) and is now a consultant pathologist. http://www.rph.wa.gov.au/emeritus/kelsall.html

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