Dr. Halliday Sutherland

"Dr. Halliday Sutherland is a born writer, especially a born story-teller. Dr. Sutherland, who is distinguished in medicine, is an amateur in the sense that he only writes when he has nothing better to do. But when he does, it could hardly be done better” – G.K. Chesterton

Category Archives: Books

Spanish Journey

In August 1946, Halliday Sutherland travelled to Spain at the invitation of the Spanish Government—why did he go? As he explained in the beginning of Spanish Journey: A communist sent me to … Continue reading

1 August 2016 · Leave a comment

“Roman Catholic Doctor”

Biographies of Marie Stopes deal with Halliday Sutherland in remarkably similar ways. They tell you three essential facts: They tell you that he was a “Roman Catholic doctor”; that he heard Professor Anne McIlroy speak … Continue reading

1 April 2016 · 1 Comment

“The Trial of Marie Stopes”

Sunday, February 21, 2016 marked the 93rd Anniversary of the opening of the Stopes v. Sutherland trial in the High Court of Justice on 21st February 1923 (the “Birth Control Libel Trial”). There were … Continue reading

21 February 2016 · Leave a comment

The Death of a Brave Man

Completing his medical degree at Edinburgh in 1906, Halliday Sutherland travelled to Huelva, a seaport at the Mouth of the Odiel River in South-Western Spain. Here, he stayed with his uncle, Dr Ian … Continue reading

1 August 2015 · Leave a comment

Malthus, Malthusianism, Neo-Malthusianism 3

This is the third article (in a series of three) on Malthus, Malthusianism and  Neo-Malthusianism. It outlines Halliday Sutherland’s objections to the doctrine. Let’s start with a recap on Malthusian ideas: Malthus … Continue reading

1 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Malthus, Malthusianism, Neo-Malthusianism 1

In 1922, Halliday Sutherland’s book Birth Control was published. A modern reader might expect that a book with this title would be concerned with family planning and contraception. The full title of … Continue reading

1 May 2015 · Leave a comment

Writing, perseverance, crushing disappointments

In his article for The Argus, Paul Malone wrote that while Halliday Sutherland believed that a writer should not presume to advise other writers, he did give two brief pointers during his Australian visit of … Continue reading

15 March 2015 · Leave a comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

February 21st, 2023
5.2 years to go.