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Chopin, Charles Michel (1824–1871)

Dr. Charles M. Chopin, who had for many years followed his profession in this district, died rather suddenly on Tuesday, the 31st ultimo. He had been in delicate health for some time back. A day or two before his death occurred, he was called upon to visit, in the Bombala lockup, a man who is imprisoned for being unsound in mind. The confinee was very violent, and whilst he was being held down he managed to hit or kick the doctor's face. I am informed that the blow, which hurt the doctor, together with the shock that his nerves, thereby sustained, hastened his death, his health having previously been undermined by the complaint from which he had suffered. I believe Dr. Chopin had been cautioned, both by Dr. L. Q. Davidson of Cooma and Dr. Ashworth of Bombala, to avoid all excitement; but it it evident that he himself, as a medical man, did not think seriously of the danger he was liable to, as he attended professionaly to every case up to the day of his dissolution. Even on that very morning, he was preparing to start for Sydney, whither he had been summoned to attend as a witness in the case of the Queen v. Culbert. His buggy was got in waiting for him, but before taking a seat therein he went into the garden, where, I am given to understand, he was seen to fall. He was at once brought into the house; where he died at about 5 or 6 o'clock in the evening. The deceased gentleman was born in France, and he was a member of both the Masonic Order and the G.U. Odd Fellows Friendly Society. As a townsman of long-standing, his influence was felt and worthily appreciated; as a doctor of medicine and a surgeon, his demise is a loss to the residents of this district. His remains will be conveyed to the burial ground at 5 o'clock p.m. to morrow (Thursday). It is anticipated that the funeral cortege will be larger than any other that has been witnessed in Bombala.

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'Chopin, Charles Michel (1824–1871)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 September 2019.

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Bombala, New South Wales, Australia

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