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HOBDAY, Sir Frederick Thomas George (1870-1939)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1510 HOBDAY
Held at: Royal Veterinary College
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Full title: HOBDAY, Sir Frederick Thomas George (1870-1939)
Date(s): [1914-1937]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 40 boxes and 25 files
Name of creator(s): Hobday | Sir | Frederick Thomas George | 1870-1939 | Knight | veterinary surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1870; educated at Burton grammar school; left school to work for his uncle's coal business; articled apprentice to Alfred Hodgkins, veterinary surgeon; Royal Veterinary College, London, 1888-1892; resident hospital surgeon at the Royal Veterinary College, 1892; entered private practice with Arthur Blake, of Redhill, [1893]; unior professor, in charge of the outpatients' department and the teaching of materia medica and later hygiene, Royal Veterinary College, 1893-1899; FRCVS, 1897; John Henry Steel medal, 1899; private practice in Kensington with Frank Ridler, 1899-1927; honorary veterinary surgeon to Queen Alexandra, 1912-1939; veterinary officer to King Edward's Horse, army veterinary corps, 1914; in command of no 22 Veterinary Hospital at Abbeville in France, 1915-1916; took the hospital to Italy, 1916; returned to Kensington practice, [1919]; president of the section of comparative medicine of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1924-1926; served on the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1925-1939; Principal of the Royal Veterinary College, 1927-1937; knighted, 1933; honorary fellow of the Royal Society, 1937; returned to practice as a consultant, 1937-1938; died, 1939.


Scope and content/abstract:

Official papers of Sir Frederick Hobday as Principal of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), [1914-1937], including RVC committee papers including the Finance Committee, 1914-1921; General purposes committee, 1914-1921; and the London University Subcommittee; papers of the RVC General Purposes Committee on reorganising and rebuilding the College 1928-1933; report and memorandum of the advisory committee on the Royal Veterinary College on the siting of a research institute in veterinary pathology; report of development commission advisory committee into research on diseases of animals, 1922; memorandum of report of Ministry on the advisability of removing the Royal Veterinary College to Cambridge; Senate minutes including on a consideration of revision of BSC Veterinary Medicine at Senate, 20 Dec 1933; papers of the Academic Board, 1927-1932; minutes of Governor's meetings, 1914-1932; papers of the annual meeting of the RVC, 1914-1921 and papers relating to the building of the new College buildings at Camden Town, 1934.

Papers relating to events including the RVC 1937 opening ceremony; visit of Mayor of St Pancras to the RVC; Lord Mayor's Procession, 1931; Lord Mayor's Show, 1934; Sir Frederick Hobday Complimentary Dinner, 1933; the great thoroughbred contest, 1934; the Animals' Hospital Ball, 1933 and Flag day, 1933.

Papers relating to fundraising including RVC appeal letters, 1931-1933; Herbert Buckingham fund raising correspondence, 1927-1936; Our Dogs appeal, 1931; Dog World Appeal, 1931; Suffolk women's appeal; donations to rebuilding and endowment fund, General expenses fund (for special purposes and general expenses) and the South Eastern Jersey club appeal.

Papers relating to conferences, 1928-1932, including the National Veterinary Medical Association Congress, Sep 1929; RVC timetables; RVC monthly examination papers, 1927-1934; RCVS Examinations and mark books; papers relating to students including on scholarships and female students; financial papers including private account invoices; clocking on lists; papers relating to canine hysteria, 1934; applications and testimonials for posts in the RVC, 1933-1934; press cuttings including cuttings relating to the RVC; papers relating to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries: Amendments to handbook of diseases of animal acts. Returns of outbreaks of scheduled diseases, 1927-1929; papers relating to anti-vivisection including Anti-vivisection Research Defence Society papers; inventory of books and instruments bequeathed to the College by Hobday; anti-vivisection correspondence and propaganda and anti-vivisection journals, 1932-1935 and issues of journals including the University of London Gazette and the Veterinary Journal, 1933.

Correspondence including a run of general correspondence arranged alphabetically, 1933-1936 and correspondence on topics including lectures, 1932-1934; the humane treatment and killing of animals, 1933; export of horses, 1929-1932; the Mansion House meetings, 1936; notices, 1917-1927; and the Royal visit to open the new buildings at the RVC, 1937. Correspondents include Margaret Rees, 1933; London livery companies; the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons; Toye Vise; overseas colleagues; the University of London, 1934-1935; the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; James Basil Buxton, 1936 and Miss Hodge (Principal's secretary), 1936.

Papers relating to societies and organisations including: the Student Union Society; Students Veterinary Medical Association; Ministry of Agriculture and fisheries; Royal Society of Medicine, 1928-1934; University of London Animal Welfare Society, 1929-1934; Royal Army Veterinary Corps, 1932-1935; Model abattoir society; Silver Fox Breeders and Furriers Association; Society for the Protection of Animals in North Africa; National Greyhound Racing Society, 1933; Council of Justice to Animals, 1933; People's League of Health 1932-1933; Metropolitan Drinking Fountain Association; College of Pestology; Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain; agricultural societies and poultry and bird societies.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order.

Conditions governing access:

Open by appointment only. Some items may be closed under the Data Protection Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies available at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Catalogue on-line on the Royal Veterinary College library catalogue.

A more detailed box list is available in the RVC Library, Hawkshead Campus.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from Camden, 2007.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Oxford DNB

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 2008

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