From Sydney to London via Gallipoli, and back: the productive career of a pioneer Australian medical historian
The birth of Leslie Cowlishaw on 4 January 1877 was a felicitous event for the history of medicine in Australia. Cowlishaw’s parents Mahlon Clark Cowlishaw and Jane (née Gratton) lived in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, where his father was a shipping merchant and honorary consul for the Netherlands. Leslie was the eldest of three children and attended Sydney Grammar School (1888–1896): he was an average student but highly regarded, and a noted cricketer, captaining the first XI to the 1895 premiership. His father’s work allowed the family to travel abroad, and Cowlishaw visited England as a child, and he also toured North America and Europe after finishing his secondary schooling.