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William Henry Ashe Court, 2nd Baron Heytesbury
Elizabeth Worsley Holmes
William Howe
Mary Ann Simpson
Charles George Holmes Court
Mary West Howe
Dr. Alan Worsley Holmes Court


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Dr. Alan Worsley Holmes Court 42,67

  • Born: 19 June 1887, Highclere, Albion, Caboolture, Qld
  • Christened: 12 September 1887, Brisbane, Australia
  • Marriage: Eileen Rouse on 3 June 1913 in St. Mark's Church, Darling Point, Sydney
  • Died: 16 April 1957, Latima Road, Bellevue Hill, Sydney aged 69

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Dr. Alan Worsley Holmes Court, a Past President of The
Royal Australian College of Physicians, Consulting Physician to Sydney
Hospital, and a very distinguished Physician, died on April 16th,
1957. His origin and career were alike of distinction. The name of
Court is of old French derivation, and was the name of the first Lord
Heytesbury. After the marriage of an heir to the title, with a
daughter of Sir Leonard Worsley-Holmes, the name of Court-Holmes was
taken. In 1860, this was changed by Royal Licence to Holmes Court.
Alan Holmes Court was a grandson of the third Baron Heytesbury, and
was born in Brisbane on June 19, 1887. He was educated at Brisbane
Grammar School, and commenced his medical course in Sydney in 1906,
graduating M.B. in 1910. He entered Sydney Hospital as a Resident
Medical Officer in 1911, and so began an association with that
institution which he loved and served well, for thirty-six years. It
was apparent at once to his fellow residens that he was marked out for
distinction. "whoever is to acquire a competent knowledge of medicine"
said Hippocrates, "must bring to the task a love of labour and
perserverance". Holmes Court worked much harder and read more than
his colleagues, and showed quite early, the clinical acumen and
infinite capacity for taking pains, which were to characterise the
whole of his medical career. Promoted to Registrar in 1912, he left
the hospital at the end of the year, and entered general practice in
Manly. An appointment to Sydney Hospital as Honorary Assistanat
Physician in 1914, only a year after completing his house-staff
appointment, reflected the impression he made.
Alan Worsley Holmes Court was a medical practitioner in New South
Wales (NSW) from 1911. During World War I he served with the medical
wings of the Australian Imperial Force in France and was awarded the
French Mdaille des Epidmies. Holmes Court was a pioneer of blood
transfusion techniques and a lecturer in anaesthetics and clinical
medicine. He wrote many medical articles and was heavily involved in
medicine's governing bodies: he was a long term member, and one-time
president of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians; President
and council member of the British Medical Association (NSW branch), a
member of the NSW Medical Board and was appointed a Fellow of London's
Royal College of Physicians.


Alan married Eileen Rouse on 3 June 1913 in St. Mark's Church, Darling Point, Sydney. (Eileen Rouse was born on 13 April 1888 in Gillendoon Station, Warren, Nsw and died in 1971 in Double Bay, Sydney, NSW.)

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