Did You Know?

Mrs Debbie Turner – School Archivist 

Ainslie Glenister Ross Sheil

The Sheil Building, a laboratory and classroom block, opened on Founders Day, 24th November, 1974 and was dedicated to Ainslie Glenister Ross SHEIL.

Ross Sheil was born on the 4th November, 1933 and attended TSS from 1947 until 1950, a member of Delpratt House.

Whilst at TSS, he was an outstanding sportsman playing Tennis, Rugby, Swimming and Athletics.

He won the Chelmsford Cup, The Lewis Cup, The Appel Prize and The Founder’s prize.

After leaving TSS he went to the Queensland University to study Medicine.

While at the University, he represented Queensland in both Tennis and Rugby.  He was selected in Australian Rugby side in 1956 and was selected as an Australian Barbarian Rugby player.

In 1956 he was selected as Australia’s Rhodes Scholar.

He left for Oxford to take up his Rhodes Scholarship at the end of 1956.

At Oxford, he received Oxford Blues for Tennis and Rugby then after he graduated (BSc, and MA (Oxon), Ross returned to Australia and became a Professor of Surgery (in the field of transplantations) at the Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals, 1978 to 2001.

Sheil was the Head Surgeon who performed the first liver transplant in Australia.

Sheil was Chairman and Director of the Australian National Liver Transplantation Unit from 1986 to 2001 and received the Order of Australia in 2002.


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