Hullo Eccles was written for the 150th anniversary of the marriage of Henry Eccles
and Mary Jane Ingram who were married in St Francis Church in Melbourne in
November 1850. A great family reunion was held in the same church in 2000 with Mass
celebrated by Fr Ian Howells S.J. one of their descendants.
This book focuses on the Eccles family of Sir John Eccles, beginning as it does with
his grandparents Henry and Mary Jane Eccles who along with their children were
pioneers in the Gippsland area of Victoria. One son, William Eccles married Mary
Carew and had two children John Carew and Rose. Rose married Eric Howells and had
six children. Irene and Jack Eccles were married in Oxford in 1928. The growing family
moved from Oxford to Sydney in 1937 then lived in Dunedin from 1944 until 1952 when
they moved to Canberra. Sir John Carew Eccles was knighted in 1958 for his
contributions to science and in 1963 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine and
was named Australian of the Year.
John and Rene Eccles had nine children; Rose, Peter, Alice, William, Mary, John,
Judith, Frances and Richard who all excelled in their chosen fields. Their own family
stories and achievements are included as well as other branches of the family tree.
The title Hullo Eccles shows it is an introduction to this particular line of the Eccles
family and is a record for future generations.
Published in 2000 with 216 illustrated pages in soft cover and with many letters,
genealogies, cartoons etc.
Purchase price $AUD35. Postage within Australia $AUD8
The Book of Eccles was written for the Centenary of the birth of Nobel Laureate, Sir
John Eccles, in 1903 and traces his family and school life from the early days in
Jumbunna and Koroit inVictoria. From there, John attended Warrnambool College and
Melbourne High School where he was Dux in 1919. Later, as an outstanding University
student at Melbourne University, he gained a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford to study
with Sir Charles Sherrington. Over his long life he was concerned with the mind/brain
problem. He went beyond the materialistic concepts of Darwinism, “to reinstate the
spiritual self as the controller of the brain”.
Sir John Eccles held positions as Director of the Kanematsu Institute in Sydney 1937
to 1943; Professor of Medicine at Otago University 1944 to 1952; Professor of
Physiology at the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Canberra 1952 to 1966
and then Professorships in Chicago and Buffalo until he retired to Switzerland in 1975.
Sir John Carew Eccles was knighted in 1958 for his contributions to science and in
1963 won the Nobel Prize for Medicine and was Australian of the Year.
In his long life, he wrote many books including: The Neurophysiological Basis of Mind
1953; The Physiology of Nerve Cells 1968; Facing Reality 1973; The Human Mystery
1979; The Wonder of Being Human 1984; his last book, which he considered his finest,
was written when he was 90 years old How the Self Controls the Brain 1994.”
In his private life John Eccles married Irene Miller in 1928 and they had nine children;
Rose, Peter, Alice, William, Mary, John, Judith, Frances and Richard who all excelled
in their chosen fields. In 1968 he married Helena Taborikova of Czechoslovakia.
Published in 2003 with 60 illustrated pages in soft cover. It is written for anyone who
may want to know more about this great Australian.
Hard copy: Price $AUD25. Postage within Australia $AUD5.
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