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Scott-Young, Dr Norman Reginald (Norm)

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Birth Date: 8 January 1917 (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

Death Date: 29 August 1996 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Reginald Charles Scott-Young and Mary (nee Crotty)

Family: Olive Orme Johnston on 20 February 1960, 2 sons, 6 daughters

Education: Marist Brothers, North Sydney; St Ignatius College, Sydney; University of Sydney; Craig Travelling Scholarship, London, 1951 and 1952

Religion: Roman Catholic


Honourary consulting surgeon, Townsville General Hospital, 1976; Consulting surgeon, Townsville General Hospital, 1970 to 1976; Member, Townsville Harbour Board, 1967 to 1972; Medical superintendant, Townsville General Hospital, 1953 to 1970; Surgical registrar, Broken Hill District Hospital, 1949; Teaching fellow, Department of Physiology, University of Sydney, 1948; Surgical associate, Prince Alfred Hospital, 1947; Senior resident pathologist, Prince Alfred Hospital, 1946; Resident medical officer, Prince Alfred Hospital, 1941

Party Positions:

  1. (LIB) Member, Government Party Committees: Mines, Energy and Police; Culture, National Parks and Recreation; Aboriginal and Island Affairs, 1978
  2. (LIB) Member, Government Party Committees: Premier's; Health, 1972 - 1974
  3. (LIB) Member, Government Party Committees: Mines, Energy and Northern Development; Industrial Development; Water Resources; Sport, 1975 - 1977

Local Government Service: Alderman, Townsville City Council, 1967 to 1972

Military Service: Leader, Vietnam Surgical Team, Bien Hoa, 1968 and 1969; Captain, Australian Imperial Forces, 2/3 Commo SQN, 9 December 1941 to 5 July 1946

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly LIB Townsville 27 May 1972 22 Oct 1983

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Member, Parliamentary Delegation to South-East Asia 1976
Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Pacific Area Travel Association Conference, Djakarta 1974

Additional Information

Notes: Interests included sport of all kinds, antiques and architecture. Director, Townsville United Soccer Club. Patron, numerous Townsville soccer associations. Patron: Castle Hill Scout Association; Blue Nursing Association; and the Italo-Australian Club. Vice-patron, North Barrier Surf Life Saving Association. At the Townsville General Hospital he was renowned for his pioneering innovations and long hours of hard work. He pioneered lung surgery in Townsville in the late 1970s. He became renowned for his attacks on the Premier of the day, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, and crossed the floor on occasions to vote with the ALP opposition. It was felt that this streak of independence prevented him from ever being appointed to the ministry. He had been a successful boxer at university and in the Army. In fact, he had been a former Australian universities heavyweight champion. He even fought a few professional bouts to put himself through his studies - until his mother found out! His wife, Olive, was known to publicise the size of the potholes in Townsville streets by sitting in them and being photographed by the local newspaper. His son, Sam, represented Queensland and the Australian Wallabies in rugby union

Sources: Image sourced from the collection of the Queensland Parliamentary Library and Research Service; Townsville Bulletin, `Colleagues pay tribute to master surgeon', 31 August 1996; Waterson, DB and John Arnold, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1930-1980, (Canberra: ANU Press, 1982)  

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