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Aaron, Isaac (1804–1877)

This gentleman, who recently died at his residence in William Street, was one of the oldest medical practitioners in New South Wales, having practised his profession in Sydney during the last thirty-six years. He was born in Birmingham in the year 1803, and was consequently in his 74th year when he died. He received his education in Birmingham, and subsequently studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Medical School, London, and acquired practical knowledge from inspecting the wards of that hospital. He was admitted a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, England, after passing the requisite examination, in the year 1827. He also received the licentiateship of the Apothecaries' Company about the same time. At 21 years of age he commenced the practice of his profession at Birmingham, and subsequently entered warmly into political life. He was presented at Birmingham with a handsome massive silver snuff-box which bears the following inscription – "Presented to Isaac Aaron, Esq, by his admiring friends of Deritend and Bordesley, as a token of regard for his valuable services in the great and holy cause of civil and religious liberty. Birmingham, September 8th, 1838." In the same year he left England and arrived in this colony in 1839. He commenced practice at Raymond Terrace, on the Hunter River. There he remained about three years. He then came to Sydney, and from that time until his death he was in active practice here. He was the editor of the first medical journal which appeared in Australia; he was for several years secretary to the Australian Medical Association, one of the editors of the New South Wales Medical Gazette, one of the trustees of the benevolent fund of the Australian Medical Association, and was always ready to promote by word and deed the welfare of the profession to which he belonged. He held for some years the post of principal medical officer of the Volunteer Force. During the last thirteen years he held the position of surgeon to Darlinghurst gaol and the Lunatic Reception-house.

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'Aaron, Isaac (1804–1877)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/aaron-isaac-1/text1, accessed 20 October 2014.

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