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Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History

Geoffrey Kaye oral history

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Trailblazers & Peacekeepers: Honouring the ANZAC Spirit




The online exhibition Trailblazers & Peacekeepers was launched at ANZCA ASM in Adelaide on May 2, 2015.  Click here to view the exhibition.


2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. April 25, 1916 was the first ANZAC Day, a day which has been set aside ever since to remember Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in conflict zones.

Australian and New Zealand doctors have administered anaesthesia in every major conflict since the Boer War and, from the time anaesthesia became a specialty, there have been specialist anaesthetists in the Defence Forces. We are extremely proud of these men and women – those who have served and those who continue to provide care today in often difficult and dangerous circumstances.

The Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History is presenting a new exhibition across three platforms; a physical exhibition, an accompanying book, and an online exhibition. This exhibition, Trailblazers & Peacekeepers: Honouring the ANZAC Spirit looks at historical accounts of anaesthetists in conflict, as well as presenting first-person accounts from more contemporary conflicts, such as the Gulf War and Afghanistan.

Trailblazers & Peacekeepers will be open from April 20, 2015.
The book and online exhibition will be launched at the Adelaide Annual Scientific Meeting on May 02, 2015.

Additionally, two full sessions of the ASM have been set aside to explore the experiences of anaesthetists in conflict zones, both historical and contemporary. We hope to see you there.



After a six month closure for relocation and redevelopment of the exhibition, the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History was re-opened by the Hon David Davis, Minister for Health for Victoria, on September 19, 2014.


The new exhibition space, in the historic Ulimaroa, is a central part of the newly developed Knowledge Centre for the College, that also includes the Library and Fellows & Trainees Room.


The Museum is open from 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday. Visitors are advised that bookings are essential.


If you have any questions, or would like to arrange a visit, please contact the Museum at



Museum media


Read more about the Museum in The Age article Anaesthetic museum won't put you to sleep published on Saturday September 20, 2014.


Hear GKMAH Honorary Curator, Dr Christine Ball, explaining the history of the use of nitrous oxide to The Age newspaper.


Watch an interview with Geoffrey Kaye.  In this 2014 abridged version of the original 1983 interview, Dr Geoffrey Kaye discusses with Dr John Paull some of the highlights of his career.



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