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W. Bruce Fye Center For the History of Medicine: Australia and New Zealand


Few Americans visited Australia and New Zealand in the early 20th Century, and, as air travel did not exist the journey was made by boat.  A group that included Dr. Will and Dr. Frank Martin vacationed there in 1926, and also used the opportunity to meet fellow physicians and view hospitals and clinics. Both Mayo brothers corresponded with physicians in Australia. 



 Dr. John Hunter, University of Sydney, Australia

(William J. Mayo Friendship Gallery)




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Guide/ Contents

These links serve as your quick guide through our exhibit.  Click on a link that interests you to find more information.  To return to the first page click the top tab titled "Mayo Family Travels" or look for the Back to Start link in the Introduction on every page.

International Travels
Argentina |  Australia and New Zealand |  Austria |  Belgium |  Brazil |  Canada |  Czekoslovakia [Czech Republic] |  Cuba |  Denmark |  Ecuador |  England |  Finland |  France |  Ireland |  Italy |  Mexico |  Peru |  Scotland |  Serbia |  Spain |  Sweden

Diplomas, Memberships, and Awards
Original Medical Diplomas |   United States Army Commendations and Awards |  Awards and Memberships from United States |  Awards and Memberships from International Organizations

Images courtesy of the W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine. For use permission, please contact Center staff.

Dr. William J. Mayo

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

William J. Mayo

June 9, 1931

Letter of intent to confer an Honorary Fellowship in the college for “lifelong devotion to the highest ideals of Surgery and...untiring and successful endeavours to advance and develop its science and art.”

Dr. Charlie Mayo


Dental Association of New South Wales

Charles H. Mayo

August 11, 1920

The Dental Association of New South Wales was formed to assist dentists in providing the best care to their communities.  Dr. Charlie’s interest in dental health stemmed from his belief in focal infection theory which claimed that poor dental and oral health could cause systemic diseases.