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The ASA logo is steeped in history and tradition. But how did we end up with a hand holding an ether bowl?

The Australian Society of Anaesthetists was founded in 1934. It was established as a means to exchange ideas, for the distribution of memoranda on topics of anaesthetic interests, and to conduct inquiries relating to problems in the practice of anaesthesia in Australia.

The ASA Archives are housed at its headquarters in North Sydney.

Our society is now one of the largest and leading medical associations in Australia, delivering a range of services of the highest quality to members. Membership consists of specialist anaesthetist physicians as well as registrar trainees and non-specialist medical practitioner anaesthetists.

Describes the history of the ASA logo

Plan your visit

We welcome visitors to the Harry Daly Museum and Richard Bailey Library, free of charge. To ensure that we can accommodate your visit, appointments must be made in advance.

Operating hours: Monday to Wednesday, 10am-4pm. 

Location: Australian Society of Anaesthetists, 86 Chandos Street, Naremburn 2065, Sydney, New South Wales.

CIG anaesthetic equipment

Learn about anaesthesia

The Australian Society of Anaesthetists was established in 1934, the ASA is a peak not-for-profit representative body of anaesthesia in Australia.

Explore the history of anaesthesia, including the Harry Daly Museum and Richard Bailey Library.