Old Camberwell Grammarians' Association

Gallery of Achievement


Mr Basil Kilvington (1985)

After leaving Camberwell Grammar School Basil Kilvington studied medicine at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1898.

While working as a demonstrator at the University, Basil began his study of the regeneration of nerves, for which he won the David Syme Research Scholarship in 1908.

In 1918 Basil was elected Honourary Surgeon to inpatients at the Melbourne Hospital; at the university he lectured in surgery, and was later Chairman of the Board of Examiners in Surgery. In 1926 he was one of the Founders of the College of Surgeons of Australasia.

Through out this time he maintained his interest in research and published 18 papers on his work on nerves. In 1993 he was described as the “father of peripheral nerve surgery”, whose substantial and prophetic discoveries were generations ahead of the means to apply them through micro surgical techniques.

(1877 - 1947)