Sir John Ramsay Library 1943 - 2019

Launceston General Hospital

In 1943 the Sir John Ramsay Memorial Library was opened at the Launceston General Hospital and will celebrate it’s 75th Anniversary in 2019

The following extracts from the Examiner in 1943 show the establishment of the memorial fund and donations acknowledged in support of the library raising £1000+ in the space of three weeks.

LIBRARY FUND Tribute to Sir. John Ramsay.

Although the fund to provide a medical reference library at the Launceston General Hospital, to be known as the Sir John Ramsay Memorial Library, was opened only yesterday, there are already signs that public support will be generous. Few men have given such splendid service to this community over such a long period-nearly half a century-as Sir John.

This movement to honour him and at the same time to carry the General Hospital, for which -he has done so much, another important step forward, has the warm support of the medical profession. At present, when Tasmanian doctors desire information obtainable only from a comprehensive medical library, they are obliged to send to Melbourne for extracts from reference works. Obviously this is a grave disability which, in the public interest, should be removed as quickly as possible.

Mr. J. F. Johnson, Queechy, St. Helens sent with an acceptance of an invitation to join the general committee conducting the appeal a contribution of £25. The members of the general committee are:-The Mayor (Alderman D. T. Oldham). Drs. C. Craig,. J. A. Newell and W. K. McIntyre, Colonel C. Mills, Capt. Ivan Holyman, Messrs. F. B. Barber, F. Warland Browne, L. A. Cuff, A. C. Ferrall, R. C. Field, R. P. Furmage, F. J. Gunn, H. S. Gray, E. P. Hart. J. E. Heritage, J. F. Johnson, T. G. Johnston. G. R. McLean, Angus McKenzie, G. C. McKinlay. A. E. Osborne, W. D. Pierson. S. S. B. Purves, Cecil Ryan, W. R. Rolph. Gordon B. Rolph, Tasman Shields, Allan Stewart, David Taylor and R. J. Williams. Mr. Barber is honorary treasurer and Mr. W. O. Layh honorary secretary. Those desiring to assist the Sir John Ramsay Memorial Library Fund should send their contributions to "The Examiner," Paterson-street, Launceston. They will be acknowledged in these columns. The following contributions are acknowledged: George R. McLean .. £25,  Mr and Mrs. J. F. Johnson, Queechy, St. Helens.. £25, W. R. Rolph and Sons .... £25, Mr. Harold Stewart ... £10  Total to date ..£80. [1]

LIBRARY FUND Tribute to Sir Johr Ramsay The fund to establish at the Launceston - General Hospital medical reference library, to be known as the. Sir John Ramsay Memorial Library has already passed the £100, mark. A substantial amount will be required if the library is to be of maximum value. The Surgeon Superintendent of the General Hospital (Dr. C. Craig) suggests that the aim should be a capital sum sufficient to yield in the vicinity of £200 a year. The committee would be grateful if all desiring to participate in this tribute to Sir John Ramsay and move to benefit the hospital and stimulate medical research would send their contributions, as soon as they conveniently can, to "The Examiner" office Paterson-street, Launceston. Each will be acknowledged in these columns. Previously acknowledged .. £86  McKinlays Pty. Ltd... £25 Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Williams £2.  Total to date . £113.[2]

RAMSAY LIBRARY FUND

The fund for the provision at the Launceston General Hospital of a medical reference, to be known as the Sir John Ramsay Memorial Library, is growing steadily. A medical reference library is beyond the financial reach of individual practitioners. It should not be confused with the working medical library which every doctor must possess-and which he will still be obliged to maintain, even when a central reference library is provided. The library will be available to nurses and students as well as to doctors. Contributions to the fund may be sent to The Examiner," Paterson street, Launceston, or to the secretary of the Launceston General Hospital. They will be acknowledged in these columns. Every donor will receive the General Hospital's receipt. Previously acknowledged. £501 7 6 Mr and Mrs C. K. Stackhouse . £10, Dr. Alan Pryde, £8., J. Wilks, High-street  £3  Country Practitioner .... £3  Dr. B. A. Anderson, Beulah Gardens .. £1, V. E. Field, Ulverstone .. Total to date .. £531. [3]

RAMSAY LIBRARY FUND

The Sir John Ramsay Memorial Library Fund should pass £600 to-day or to-morrow, The B.M.A. statement published yesterday explaining the importance of a medical reference library and how it differs from the ordinary working library every doctor must maintain, should have clarified the position for any who may not have thoroughly understood the proposal. A substantial sum is required. Contributions to the A1md may be sent to "The Examiner," Paterson-street, Launceston, or to the secretary of the Launceston General Hospital. They will be acknowledged in these columns. Every donor will receive the General Hospital's receipt. Previously acknowledged £577 14 6 Dr L. Gollan, Ulverstone £5, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Hindell. 1 Prince-street .... £1  Total to date .. £584.00. [4]

RAMSAY LIBRARY FUND

In less than three days another £50 has been added to the Sir John Ramsay Memorial Library. which now brings the total to £664/4/-. It is intended to provide from the fund a medical reference library at the Launceston General Hospital. to be available to nurses and students as well a, to doctors. Contributions to the fund may be sent to "The Examiner." Paterson street. Launceston, or to the secretary of the Launceston General Hospital. They will be acknowledged in these columns. Every donor will receive the General Hospital's receipt. Previously acknowledged £645. and M. S. Taylor. Hornsey-avenue .. £10, Dr. J Rail Robertson, Deloraine .... £5, H. Goodluck .. . £2,  J T. S. Smales .. £10

Total to date £1064 .[5]

Paul A.C. Richards AM
December 2018


[2] Examiner, Monday 6 December 1943, p. 4

[3] Examiner, Friday 17 December 1943, p. 4

[4] Examiner , Tuesday 21 December 1943, p. 4

[5] Examiner, Friday 24 December 1943, p. 4