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Gunson, John Bernard (1871–1938)

The death occurred yesterday, after a long illness, of Dr. John Bernard Gunson, one of Adelaide's leading medical practitioners, at the age of 69.

Dr. Gunson was born at Angas street, Adelaide, in the house where his father, the late Dr. J. M. Gunson, had practised. Dr. J. M. Gunson was one of the State's earliest settlers, having arrived from Ireland in 1856. The late Dr. J. B. Gunson graduated from the Adelaide University in 1893. He received his earlier education at the Christian Brothers' College and in Paris. Post-graduate work earned him the additional degrees of M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P.

Dr. Gunson was one of the first men to use X-ray apparatus at the Adelaide Children's Hospital, and for more than 25 years he was honorary physician there. He practised in Adelaide and was honorary assistant physician at the Adelaide Hospital from 1909 until 1916. For a number of years Dr. Gunson was honorary consulting obstetrician at the Queen's Home, Adelaide.

Dr. Gunson was honorary secretary and later vice-president of the South Australian branch of the British Medical Association. He was responsible for the arrangement of the B.M.A. congress held in Adelaide in 1905. In recognition of his work with the St. John Ambulance Association, he was made an officer of the order of St. John of Jerusalem. Dr. Gunson was an active member of the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia, which benefited from his services as vice-president and a committeeman. He owned one of the first motor cars in South Australia, its registration number being 3. Dr. Gunson was an honorary life member of the R.A.A. He was one of the earliest members of the Royal Adelaide Golf Club. He rowed in the University crew in his younger days, and also was keen on tennis.

Dr. Gunson is survived by a widow, who, before her marriage in 1908, was Miss Annie Elizabeth Morphett, daughter of the late Mr. J. C. Morphett, (Clerk of Parliament), and grand-daughter of Sir John Morphett, and three sons and three daughters—Dr. J. M. M. Gunson, of Wakefield street, city; Messrs. A. W. Gunson (at present at St. John's College, Sydney University, taking a veterinary degree); and Henry A. Gunson, of the Bank of Adelaide; Mrs. A. Britten Jones, wife of Dr. A. Britten Jones, of Prospect; Miss Ruth Gunson, who is a nurse at the Adelaide Children's Hospital; and Miss Anne Gunson, of Wakefield street, city, where the late Dr. Gunson had lived for many years. There are also two brothers —Messrs. W. J. Gunson and G. F. Gunson, both Adelaide solicitors.

A solemn requiem mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral at 10 a.m. today, after which the funeral will leave for the Roman Catholic Cemetery, West terrace.

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'Gunson, John Bernard (1871–1938)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/gunson-john-bernard-19195/text30733, accessed 16 July 2019.

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