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Papers of George Wherry, Honorary Fellow, 1829 - 1929

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/WHE

Scope and Contents

Papers include (file 1): miscellaneous newspaper cuttings and a letter from Charles Lamb, 1926; letters from notable people, including Sir Henry Halford (sent, possibly to Wherry's father, in 1829); letters from ?Norman ?Lacon regarding Zeppelins, 1916; original drawings and writings re medical training and early life; papers of Wherry and E Nettleship relating to their research on Albinism, 1906, and correspondence regarding the possibility of [John] Milton being an albino, 1921-22. (File 2) Letters and published papers re the case of a gentleman with increased head growth, 1890s, eye diseases, observations on the direction of spirals in the horns of animals, and extra-uterine gestation, 1904; papers and presscuttings re the rising posture in Ungulates; papers relating to Wherry's interest in climbing, including membership card for the Swiss Alpine Club, with photograph, and notes for a speech and letter from - and obituary of - Alfred Denis Godley; various other unrelated letters and presscuttings, including possible publication of Wherry's 'Notes from a Knapsack', (eventually published in 1909), with references to [Edwin Tully?] Newton.


  • Creation: 1829 - 1929

Conditions Governing Access

Open access.

Conditions Governing Use

Out of copyright.

Biographical / Historical

George Wherry was born in 1852 in Bourne, Lincolnshire, and was educated medically at St Thomas's Hospital, taking membership of the College of Surgeons in 1873. In 1874 he was elected house-surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital and matriculated at Cambridge as a non-collegiate student, migrating to Downing College the following year and graduating BA and MB in 1878 (MChir 1879). He was a surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital from 1874 to 1928, University Lecturer in surgery from 1883, when the post was established, to 1911 and University Teacher (at Addenbrooke's) from 1914-17. He retired from Addenbrooke’s in 1915. After the death of Downing’s Master, Professor Howard Marsh, in 1915, Wherry acted as supervisor of the surgical examinations in the University and was elected an Honorary Fellow at Downing College in 1927. Throughout the First World War, Wherry was Lieutenant-Colonel and surgeon at Eastern General Hospital. He was an active member of the Swiss Alpine Club and died in 1928 in Zermatt, Switzerland, where he is buried in the English Cemetery. He was family doctor to John Maynard Keynes (references in DCHR/1/2/WHE).


2 folder(s)

Language of Materials



The papers were originally arranged by Anne's aunt, Albinia Willis, Wherry's grandaughter. Sections with her hand-written annotations were removed when the collection was repackaged but the original dividers with annotations retained.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

A. Jackson, great-grandaughter

Related Materials

DCHR/1/2/WHE letter thanking the Master on his election to an Honorary Fellowship, obituary and references to him by Keynes family. There is a portrait of him in the College picture collection. The identical portrait is also at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Papers and artefacts relating to Wherry in the Addenbrooke's, King's College and University archives.


Catalogued by archive volunteer, April 2018.

Date information

DateText: Dates approximate.


Wherry, George Edward (1852-1928) surgeon and alpine climber

Finding aid date

2017-09-29 13:26:51+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

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