Classnotes - 1940's

Arthur Portbury (PhC 1947) was awarded four medals, including a gold medal, and a scholarship during his three year course at the Victorian College of Pharmacy, which was then located on Swanston Street. He commenced his first job in North Essendon in 1946 before buying a pharmacy at the corner of Bell Street and Sydney Road in Coburg the next year. In 1961, he became a charter member of the Lions Club of Coburg. Arthur sold the pharmacy in the late 1970s and went on to be the relief pharmacist in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and on the Mornington Peninsula until 1993. Arthur left the profession to look after his mother when she was widowed and, on reflection, said that his internship was the happiest time of his working life. December 2010