[flawr-ee, flohr-ee]
Florey, Howard Walter (Baron Florey of Adelaide), 1898-1968, British pathologist, b. Australia. He was educated at Adelaide Univ. and at Cambridge and Oxford and returned to Oxford as professor of pathology in 1935. Florey shared the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Sir Alexander Fleming and Ernst B. Chain for work on penicillin. In 1939, under a Rockefeller grant, Florey and his associates began work on penicillin and proved its effectiveness against many harmful bacteria.

See biography by L. Bickel (1973).

Florey (postcode: 2615) is a residential suburb of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, in the district of Belconnen. It was gazetted on 5 August, 1975 and most houses were constructed in the mid 1980s. A minor industrial area was located in the suburb prior to residential development.

The streets of Florey are named after Australian scientists. The suburb itself is named after Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey of Adelaide and Marsden who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 for his role in the extraction of penicillin.


Florey is the closest suburb to the Belconnen Town Centre (other than the suburb of Belconnen itself), and has its own shopping centre, on the corner of Kesteven Street and Ratcliffe Crescent. The shopping centre displays a bronze plaque explaining the significance of Lord Florey's life and work.


The suburb supports three schools, the Catholic St. Francis Xavier College (7-12) and St John's Primary (K-6), and the government-run Florey Primary School


Going from the North east corner to the south west we pass bands of the following rocks all of Silurian age:

  • Green grey dacite and quartz andesite of the Hawkins Volcanics
  • The Deakin Fault
  • Calcareous shale from the Yass Subgroup
  • green grey and purple rhyodacite
  • purple rhyodacite
  • pink rhyolite
  • purple-pink rhyolite


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