Gordon Walker Fabian Alberry was born in November 1900 and graduated Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Melbourne in 1931. After a residency at the Launceston General Hospital he was appointed as a flying doctor at Cloncurry which was the original Flying Doctor Base founded by John Flynn. He was at Cloncurry between 1935 and 1947 except for a brief period off when he took time to gain his membership of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1939; he was made FRACP in 1975. Gordon Alberry worked for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) through the war years in an area which had been depleted of doctors who had enlisted. He attended both civilians and service personnel particularly those of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) working in remote areas.
The RAAF provided him at times with an aircraft, usually an Avro Anson and he also used the air force and army radio networks for communication with patients. He was given the title of Honorary Medical Officer to the Air Force. The early 1940s were obviously difficult times for Australians and for the Flying Doctor Service. Darwin was being bombed as well as other northern ports and air fields and there was a constant threat of Japanese invasion. Gordon Alberry knew 'Flynn of the Inland' and was familiar with his work in the Australian Inland Mission. In 1947 Alberry was appointed medical superintendent of the Cloncurry Hospital and it is not certain how long he remained in that position. He had his share of excitement and adventure with the Flying Doctor Service. At one stage he was forced down with his pilot in flood plains south of Burketown and lost for several days until spotted from the air by another flying doctor pilot.
He was highly regarded by the people he worked with who spoke of a well-dressed and modest doctor with experience and willingness to continue during the war years. He helped overcome great hardship which might have been experienced in continuing the Cloncurry Base. After leaving Cloncurry he apparently returned to Victoria and his later life is not clear from the sources. He died in Melbourne on 11 September 1980. The Reverend Fred McKay who was successor to the Reverend John Flynn, knew Gordon Alberry and remembered:
'He was a quiet man who controlled himself with dignity. He was not social and was a very professional man. A plain, reserved man, not easily overcome by the sentimentality of being a flying doctor... certainly not a gallant troubadour...he did not join in the parties at Cloncurry, and he was always neatly dressed in a suit, never shorts.'
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