Sydney University Medical Society established in 1886

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Professor Anderson Stuart held a meeting in the cottage which contained the Medical School on 9 April 1886, in an attempt to establish a Medical Society. According to the Society’s first Minute Book, its objects were the 'intellectual and social improvement of its members by lectures, essays and discussions, in any branch of medical science, and by any other means calculated to advance the objects of the Society.'[1] Students and teaching staff were entitled to be members, and meetings were held in the Clinical Theatre of Prince Alfred Hospital every month. The Reverend David Dunlop Rutledge was the first student to present a paper, entitled 'My Life as a Medical Student.' In 1888, the University Medical Society was formally recognised by the Senate.