My great grandfather Trent de Crespigny (1882 – 1952) was a doctor. He studied Medicine at the University of Melbourne, graduating with first-class honours in 1903. His first position was on the staff of the Melbourne Hospital.

Report of Brighton Grammar School prize distribution
Our Schools (1904, December 17). Brighton Southern Cross (Vic.), p. 2. Retrieved from

Three years later, in 1906, he married Beatrix Hughes, daughter of E. W. Hughes, manager of the Bank of Victoria in Beaufort, about a hundred miles west of Melbourne. By then Trent de Crespigny had gone into private practice in Glenthompson, a small settlement about sixty miles further west, near the southern end of the Grampians.

Approaching Glenthompson from the west on the Glenelg Highway. From Wikimedia Commons, by user Melburnian. CC BY 3.0
1906 wedding of Constantine Trent Champion de Crespigny to Beatrix Hughes at Beaufort, Victoria.
WEDDINGS. (1906, September 15). The Ballarat Star (Vic.), p. 2. Retrieved from

Trent and Beatrix de Crespigny’s first child, my grandfather Geoff, was born in Glenthompson on 16 June 1907.

Family Notices (1907, June 22). Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic.), p. 12. Retrieved from
Geoff de Crespigny at St Marnocks near Beaufort in 1908 with his great uncle Frank Beggs.

Towards the end of 1907 Trent de Crespigny sold his Glenthompson practice and moved back to Melbourne, where he established himself in Fitzroy. In addition to this local practice, de Crespigny worked as Health Officer of the Fitzroy Council, and he became an honorary physician at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

In 1909 he moved from Melbourne to Adelaide in South Australia to take up an appointment as Superintendent of Adelaide Hospital.

CONCERNING PEOPLE. (1909, June 18). The Register (Adelaide, SA), p. 5. Retrieved from

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Entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography