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Colin MacKenzie

Black and white portrait of a man in a suit and tie
Sir Colin MacKenzie, 1930. National Museum of Australia

Surgeon and anatomist

In 1915, Colin MacKenzie travelled to England to further his studies in anatomy and work as a surgeon. There he used his skills in comparative anatomy to develop new techniques for the treatment of war-wounded soldiers.

MacKenzie devoted much of his professional life to building an extensive collection of Australian animal specimens. He considered Australian marsupials and monotremes important, not just as examples of endangered species but also for their potential to offer insights into the treatment of human conditions.

A wet specimen with two labels which both read 'MUSCLES FOREARM. KOALA.'
Koala’s arm, 1920. National Museum of Australia
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