Harvey Sutton

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Harvey Sutton
Personal information
Born(1882-02-18)18 February 1882
Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
Died21 June 1963(1963-06-21) (aged 81)
Rose Bay, New South Wales, Australia
CountryFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Sport Track and field

Harvey Vincent Sutton (18 February 1882 21 June 1963) was an Australian athlete and public health physician. He was Victoria's first Rhodes Scholar. [1]



The son of Castlemaine gaol warder William Sutton (1838-1912), [2] [3] and Hannah Sutton (1837-1930), née Howe, [4] [5] Harvey Vincent Sutton was born at Castlemaine on 18 February 1882.

His older brother Edmund Hamilton "Ned" Sutton (1868-1911) played VFA football for both Carlton (1888-1889) and Melbourne (1895-1896), and also played with Melbourne (and was the team's captain) in its first two years in the VFL (1897 and 1898).

Athletics career

In 1903-04 Sutton became the Australian National Champion in the 880 yard race, having finished in third place two years previous. [6]

In 1905 Sutton attended New College, Oxford, for whom he competed against Cambridge in athletics and lacrosse.

He competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics in London on the Australasia team, a combined squad of competitors from Australia and New Zealand. In the 800 metres, Sutton placed third in his initial semifinal heat and did not advance to the final. His time was 2:00.0.

Later life

Sutton become resident medical officer at Charing Cross Hospital before returning to Australia in 1909. [7]

He served as a doctor in World War I. He was twice mentioned in despatches and in 1919 was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his services in the Middle East. [8]

In 1921, Sutton transferred to the NSW school medical service and in 1930 he became the first director of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at the University of Sydney. He had a particular interest in eugenic approaches to the moral and physical development of children. He believed that national development depended on state intervention in education and public health programs.

Sutton died at his home in Rose Bay, New South Wales in 1963. [7]



  1. "Harvey Sutton". Olympedia. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  2. Deaths: Sutton, The Argus, (Saturday, 6 July 1912), p.13.
  3. Personal, The Argus, (Thursday, 11 July 1912), p.13.
  4. Deaths: Sutton, The Sydney Morning Herald, (Thursday, 25 December 1930), p.6.
  5. Personal, The Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs Gazette, (Monday, 19 January 1931), p.4.
  6. "Australian Open Track & Field Championships". athhistory.sportstg.com. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  7. 1 2 "Sutton, Harvey (1882–1963)". Biography - Harvey Sutton. adb.anu.edu.au. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  8. "Harvey Sutton". corporate.olympics.com. Retrieved 30 August 2017.

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