L.G. Buchner

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Ballarat School of Mines World War One Honour Roll, c1915. Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 10431)

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Louis William Gordon Büchner was born in Bourke, New South Wales in 1885. After leaving school he became a staff member at the Australian Museum in Sydney. Whilst in Sydney he passed an examination in Geology at Sydney Technical College. He attended the Ballarat School of Mines from 1907-9 and 1911, gaining certificates in Mine Management and Geology. He then attended the University of Melbourne as a Government Research Scholar in anatomy and obtained numerous scholarships.[1]

Buchner was undertaking research at Zurich University when war broke out. Melbourne Punch reported that he had been with the Australian Voluntary Hospital for five months before he obtained a commission in the Royal Field Artillery at Portsmouth as L.W.G. Büchner-Malcolm. He served during World War One as an officer in the Royal Garrison Artillery and saw action in both France and West Africa. In 1915 he adopted his mother’s maiden name to become Buchner-Malcolm. By the end of the war he used his mother’s maiden name exclusively.[2]

After the war he studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge as L.W.G. Malcolm, where he graduated in 1921 with a Master’s degree in Anthropology. He moved on to work in the museum sector, gaining employment at various British institutions such as the Horniman Museum and Wellcome Historical Medical Museum. In 1932 he completed his PhD at Christ’s College, Cambridge in the Faculty of Medicine on ‘Medical Museums: An Historical and Bibliographic Study’. Louis Buchner-Malcolm is believed to be the first Ballarat School of Mines alumnus to complete a PhD and the first at an overseas university.[3]

Legacy

Louis G. Buchner's name is listed in the Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll.[4]

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References

  1. Ian Clark, Biography of Louis William Gordon Büchner-Malcolm, 13 October 2015, http://www.goldmuseum.com.au/category/memories-of-war/, accessed 20/10/2015.
  2. Ian Clark, Biography of Louis William Gordon Büchner-Malcolm, 13 October 2015, http://www.goldmuseum.com.au/category/memories-of-war/, accessed 20/10/2015.
  3. Ian Clark, Biography of Louis William Gordon Büchner-Malcolm, 13 October 2015, http://www.goldmuseum.com.au/category/memories-of-war/, accessed 20/10/2015.
  4. Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll, University of Ballarat Historical Collection cat.no 536

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