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Dr Philip Norrie


Dr. Philip Norrie – DOB 5/2/1953
Surgery – 2/50 Kalang Road, Elanora Heights 2101
Telephone: (02) 9913 1088


Knox Grammar School
— History and Geography prize each year, Sports and Studies Prize as best all rounder in Final Year 1970

1. MBBS (NSW) 1977 Primary Medical Degree

2. MSc (Syd) 1993
First Graduate ever from the new History and Philosophy of
Science Department at the University of Sydney Thesis “A Study of Original Documents on Viticulture in Early New South Wales and the role of the Macleay Family 1788-1883”

3. MSocSc (Hons) (CSU) l998
Thesis "Leo Buring, his life and influence on Australia's Wine Industry"

4. PhD (UWS) 2005
Thesis "Wine and Health through the ages with special reference to Australia"

5. M.A.(Syd) 2006
Thesis analyzing the causes of death in Darlinghurst Gaol from
1867 to 1914.

6. M.D. (NSW) 2014
Thesis "An Account of Diseases in the Near East during the Bronze Age - an Historical View"

7. M.Phil (Mac) commenced 2016
Thesis "The Role of Infectious Disease in the Demise of the Sumerian and Indus Valley Civilisations"


  • "Vineyards of Sydney — cradle of the Australian wine Industry" 1990
  • "Lindeman — Australia's Classic Winemaker" 1993
  • "Australia's Wine Doctors" 1994
  • "Penfold — Time Honoured" 1994
  • "Wine and Health " 1994 (Booklet for McWilliams Wines)
  • "Leo Buring — Australia's First Wine Authority" 1996
  • "Wine and Health Diary" l998-2002 inclusive
  • "Wine and Health — a new look at an old medicine" 2000
  • "Dr. Philip Norrie's Advice on Wine and Health" 2000
  • "Wine and Health" 2005 (Booklet for McWilliams Wines)
  • "A History of Disease in Ancient Times - more lethal than war" 2016


1. "Australian Wine - Regions and Rituals"
1995 Jim McMahon, Chapter 20 "Wine and Health"

2. "Oxford Companion to Wine"
Jancis Robinson editior, Wine and Health sections

3. "Wine - a Scientific Exploration"
2003 Royal Postgraduate Medical School at the University of London, Chapter 2 "The History of Wine as a Medicine"

4. Australasian Journal of Psychopharamacology
1994 "Some Most Unusual Vineyards - The Vineyards of Australia's Lunatic Asylums"

5. Annals of the New York Academy of Science
Vol.957, 2002 "Alcohol and Wine in Health and Disease" Article – "Corrupt Captains and Convicts"



Research Areas

  • History of Medicine
  • History of Wine
  • History of Wine as a Medicine

Current Projects



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