Rountree, Phyllis Margaret
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Full description This project was established to document the involvement of the Australian Science Archives Project (ASAP) and subsequent organisations with the records of Phyllis Margaret Rountree (1911-1994). Rountree graduated with a MSc from the University of Melbourne in 1931, and worked as a research assistant with F M Burnet from 1934-1935. After further study in London, Rountree began work as Research Bacteriologist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney in 1944, becoming Senior Bacteriologist in 1961. Her work centred around investigation of the Staphylococcus aureus (Golden Staph) bacteria. Her career also included research into soil salination; botulism in the Second World War; trachoma among Central Australian Aborigines; wound infections and antibiotic resistance. From 1971, Rountree held a position as Honorary Research Associate in Medical Microbiology at the University of NSW.
The Ian Potter Foundation donated $2000 towards processing the records of the eminent bacteriologist Phyllis Rountree. In November 1993, Tim Sherratt and Lisa Jooste surveyed the records on-site at Dr Rountree's house in Sydney. The collection was then transferred to the ASAP Canberra Office where Lisa completed the detailed listing and indexing of the collection. The records have been deposited with the Mitchell Library in Sydney.