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Peter Jones Memorial Oration

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One of the first to earn a Royal Australasian College Fellowship in Paediatric Surgery in 1957, he (Peter) became foundation President of AAPS in 1979. His interest in Heraldry led him to design our insignia for AAPS, now ANZAPS.

Extract taken from Rosslyn Walker's 2010 lecture when she was awarded the Peter Jones Memorial Oration.


Peter G. Jones - Paediatric Surgeon

September 26, 1922 – March 15, 1995

Peter Jones commenced his career as a consultant surgeon at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne in 1953. At this time he became a member of the thoracic surgical team involved in the management of oesophageal atresia at the very beginning of its history at that institution and indeed, in Australasia. The first successful repair of oesophageal atresia in Australasia was performed at Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne by Peter’s boss Russell Howard in 1949.

John Court (Senior Paediatrician) who succeeded Peter as editor wrote a tribute to Peter and I quote “his own column “A Word’s Worth” exemplified his love of the English language and his major text books “Jones’ Clinical Paediatric Surgery” and “Tumours in infancy and childhood” attest to his outstanding achievements as author and editor”.

One of Peter’s mentors was the renowned pioneer of Paediatric Surgery Sir Denis Browne under whom he trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London. Sir Denis had considerable influence on Peter to the extent that he routinely operated with some Denis Browne designed surgical instruments throughout his career.

Peter Jones' transition to retirement was almost imperceptible. Admittedly, he stepped down from active clinical practice in 1988, but let me assure his energy did not wane.  He remained active within the College, continuing as a Councillor until his death in 1995.


He retained a key role in the Medical Defence Society of Victoria and indeed designed the Medical Defence Coat of Arms during this period. This is one of three significant heraldic  contributions made by Peter during his career.  He designed the Coat of Arms of the Australasian Association of Paediatric Surgeons and  had a major role in the design of the Coat of  Arms of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne,the institution where he  spent his distinguished career. 

Extracts and photo taken from Keith Stokes 2008 lecture when he was awarded the Peter Jones Memorial Oration.


The Peter Jones Memorial Oration

Held every 2 years since 1998, and elected by the ANZAPS Executive Committee, the Peter Jones Memorial Oration is awarded to Paediatric Surgeons who have shown excellence in the area .


  • The Peter Jones Memorial Oration will normally be delivered biannually, but at the discretion of Council may be delivered annually.

  • The orator is to be appointed by Council following recommendations from the Executive Committee of the Australasian and New Zealand Association of Paediatric Surgeons.

  • The oration will be given on the occasion of a meeting of the Australasian Association of Paediatric Surgeons, or at an appropriate meeting of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

  • The appointee is styled The Peter Jones Memorial Orator.

  • The award will take the form of a bronze medal.

Conditions taken from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Peter Jones Memorial Orators















Nathaniel Myers (VIC)

Durham Smith (VIC)

Martin Glasson (NSW)

Stuart Ferguson (NZ)

Alex Auldist (VIC)

Keith Stokes (VIC)

Rosslyn Walker (QLD)

Hugh Martin (NSW)

John Hutson (VIC)

Spencer Beasley (NZ)

Albert Shun (NSW)

Harry Stalweski (QLD)


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Peter Jones FRACS - The Man and his Legacy

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Transition, a Challenge at any Time

Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis (all things change)

Peter Jones and his 4 Hs

The descent of the testis : where has it come from and where is it going?

Tomorrow's complete surgeon


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