Dr George Home: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Fellow 169


  • J. B. Koea MD, FACS, FRACS.
  • This paper was presented in part at the Annual Scientific Congress of the New Zealand Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Queenstown, 18–19 August 2011.


Dr Jonathan B. Koea, Department of Surgery, North Shore Hospital, Private Bag 92024, Takapuna, 1 Auckland, New Zealand. Email: jonathan.koea@waitematadhb.govt.nz


George Home was Fellow number 169 of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He was born in San Francisco in 1870, coming to New Zealand as an infant. He overcame the early death of his father to excel at school and graduate top of his class at the University of Edinburgh in 1892. During his time in Edinburgh, he was taught by Lord Lister and developed a lifelong interest in surgical asepsis and antisepsis. After working in Liverpool for five years, he returned to New Zealand and commenced practice as a surgeon in New Plymouth in 1899. He remained in New Plymouth for the remainder of his life, although served with distinction in World War I and was the longest serving New Zealand medical officer in the Gallipoli Campaign. Upon his return to New Zealand after World War I, he founded and developed many community institutions and was a noted amateur alpinist, photographer and botanist. He died in 1956 after a lifetime dominated, not by one single achievement, but by much service to his community.