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Mayne, James O'Neil (1861–1939)

from Telegraph (Brisbane)

Dr. James O'Neil Mayne, who for some years was Medical Superintendent of the Brisbane General Hospital, and who was well known for his many benefactions including, with his sister, Miss Mayne, the gift of the St. Lucia site for the new University of Queensland, died peacefully at his home, Moorlands, Coronation Drive, Toowong, at 7.30 a.m. to-day.

Dr. Mayne, who was unmarried, had been in failing health for about six years, and particularly for the last year. He was born in Queen Street, where the Regent Theatre now is. He was one of the early students of the Brisbane Grammar School in the days when it was situated in Roma Street. Later he went to the University of Sydney and finally to University College Hospital, London, where he completed his medical studies.

Returning to Brisbane immediately after obtaining his diploma in 1891 the late Dr. Mayne joined the staff of the General Hospital and on the late Dr. E. Sandford Jackson's relinquishing of the medical superintendency in 1898, Dr. Mayne was appointed as his successor. He retained that position till 1903 when he retired and lived privately at the beautiful old family home at Coronation Drive for the rest of his life, making, however, as other members of the family did, trips abroad. In the course of these travels the family acquired many valuable examples of European art, including antiques.

Dr. Isaac Mayne, a brother, died several years ago. The only remaining member of the family is Miss Mary Amelia Mayne.

Dr. J. O'Neil Mayne was 78 years of age.

The funeral will leave St. Stephen's Cathedral for Toowong Cemetery at 3.30 p.m. to-morrow.

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'Mayne, James O'Neil (1861–1939)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/mayne-james-oneil-7540/text35134, accessed 27 June 2019.

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