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Title Dalrymple-Champneys, Sir Weldon (1892-1980)
Date c.1865-1980
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Name Dalrymple-Champneys, Weldon, Sir, 1892-1980.
Champneys, Francis Henry, 1891-1913.

The bulk of the papers are reports and talks reflecting Sir Weldon Dalrymple-Champneys' interests as a physician and wide range of duties as Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health at the Ministry of Health. The subject files (section H) contain details, including some manuscript diaries, of work in which he was particularly closely involved, such as snake venom and brucellosis. Texts of talks and broadcasts, some extracted from those subject files, are brought together in section F. Section D includes personal letters from distinguished colleagues.

Sections A-C include mementos of Sir Weldon's father, Sir Francis Henry Champneys (1848-1930), a pioneer of modern midwifery who was Physician-Accoucheur at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London (1891-1913).


The collection is divided into sections as follows:

A Sir Francis Champneys: memorabilia

B Sir Francis Champneys: obituaries and appreciations

C Biography: Weldon Dalrymple-Champneys' autobiography and biographical sketches of his father

D Certificates

E Correspondence

F Talks and broadcasts

G Reports to the Ministry of Health

H Subject files:

H.1 Malaria epidemic, Ceylon, 1934-1935

H.2 Medical mission to the Health Survey and Development Committee, India, 1944

H.3 International Bureau of Public Hygiene

H.4 Brucellosis

H.5 Snake venom

H.6 Visits to U.S.A. and Canada

H.7 Haemophilia Society

I Photographs and cuttings

Historical Background

Sir Weldon, who assumed his mother's maiden name as an additional surname in 1924, qualified M.B., B.Ch. from Oxford and trained at St. Bartholomew's. After serving as Assistant Medical Officer of Health at Willesden in North London,he joined the Ministry of Health in 1927 and was Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health from 1940 to his retirement in 1956. Among the subjects upon which Sir Weldon reported to the Ministry were undulant fever (brucellosis) and tuberculosis of bovine origin.

From 1937 to 1939, he was a member of the Interdepartmental Committee on the Nursing Services, whose interim report (G.6) laid the foundations for all subsesquent improvements in nursing. Work on a final report was curtailed by the outbreak of the Second World War, as were Sir Weldon's investigations into the use of snake venom for pain relief and the treatment of epilepsy.

He was President of the Royal Society of Medicine's Comparative Medicine Section 1954/55. He also undertook work for the international medical community, reporting on bovine tuberculosis to the International Bureau of Public Hygiene (F.12) and representing New Zealand on the Bureau's Permanent Committee (this body was later absorbed into the World Health Organisation). He was President of the Joint Food and Agriculture Organisation / World Health Organisation Committee on Brucellosis, and did much to further the cause of veterinary education by his active support of the Royal Veterinary College and the Veterinary Educational Trust.

After his retirement, Sir Weldon became President of the Haemophilia Society. After his move to Oxford in 1964 he was closely involved in the work of the Oxford Haemophilia Centre.

He died in 1980.

Acquisition Details These papers were given to the Wellcome Library (via the Wellcome Unit in Oxford) in April 1992 by the widow of Sir Weldon Dalrymple-Champneys.
Accession Number 423
Access Status Open
Access Conditions The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material.
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Related Material

In the Wellcome Library:

For Dalrymple-Champneys' Ministry of Health files on brucellosis, see a small group of papers in the collection of James Randal Hutchinson (c. 1880-1955) and William Henry Bradley (1898-1975), PP/JRH/D.17-19.





Subject Delivery of Health Care
Subject Colonialism
Subject Health Education
Subject Nursing
Subject Midwifery
Subject Tropical Medicine
Subject Public Health
Subject Disabled Persons
Subject Malaria
Subject Veterinary Medicine
Subject Gynecology


Subject Brucellosis
Subject Tuberculosis
Subject Ice Cream
Subject Snakes
Subject Snake Venoms
Subject Poliomyelitis
Subject Vaccination
Subject Hemophilia A
MaterialType Archives - Non-digital
System No. 481ff497-4814-4495-8c10-6858b90010a6

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Dalrymple-Champneys; Sir; Weldon (1892-1980)


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