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Milford, Frederick (1832–1902)

from Sydney Morning Herald

Dr. Frederick Milford, one of the oldest and best known of Sydney's medical practitioners, passed away on Saturday morning. The deceased gentleman was within a few days of the completion of his 70th year. He was the son of Mr. Justice Milford, who in the the early days of New South Wales held the important position of Chief Judge in the Equity jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. Dr. Milford was born in England, but came out to Australia with his family when very young. His early education was entrusted to the masters at the Sydney College, but later on he returned to the older world and continued his studies in the profession of medicine, which he had selected as the field of his life's work, in Germany, and afterwards in London. His qualifications were M.D. of Heidelberg and Sydney; M. et L. Mid., R.?., Eng., 1856, L.R.C.P., Lon., 1860. Returning to Australia he proceeded to practise his profession in Sydney, and almost at once took up a leading position amongst the local faculty, Dr. Milford was always an enthusiast in yachting matters, and had built for him several boats with which he on many occasions won well-deserved laurels. He held the position of commodore of the Prince Alfred Yacht Club, and until a few years ago took a very active interest in all matters pertaining to sailing. He was an honorary life member of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron as well as of the Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Dr. Milford's first yachting venture was a small boat called the Young Jack, but subsequently he sailed a yacht named the Doris from Sydney to Melbourne, and in Victorian competitions was fairly successful. Later on Dr. Milford had built for him the Sao, which in turn gave place to the well-known Isea. In later times failing health and increasing years prevented Dr. Milford from taking a very active part in aquatics, and he contented himself with quiet cruises round the harbour he loved so well. Years ago, when quite a young man, an attack of rheumatic fever prostrated him, and left him with an impaired constitution. He succumbed to valvular disease of the heart. He leaves a widow, two daughters, and five sons.

The funeral took place yesterday morning. The remains, enclosed in a plain cedar coffin, were interred in the Roman Catholic portion of the Waverley Cemetery, and the religious ceremony at the grave was conducted by the Rev. Clement Hyland. Amongst the mounters included in a very long procession wore Messrs. J. A. Milford, A. V. Milford, and G. D. Milford (sons), Messrs. E. A. Milford and H. Milford (nephews), Sir Arthur Renwick, Sir Normand MacLaurin, Dr. Murano, Dr. Storie-Dixon, Dr. E. Warren. Dr. Miller, Dr. Burne, Dr. Goode, Dr. Roth (representing the Army Medical Corps, of which the deceased gentleman was an hon. captain), Lieutenant Colonel Macdonald and several members of the National Guard, Messrs. F. Adams, D. Adams, R. J. Etheridge, J. D. Smith, S. C. Smith, J. H. Smith, G. Godworth, H. T. Martin, J. Lugg, Robertson, J. J. Rouse, L. Waterman, T. J. Hughes, H. H. Wills, C. A. Benbow, W. Ritchie, and J. Froggett. A number of the members 0f the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and of the Prince Alfred Yacht Club also attended. 

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mrs. P. Kirby and Son.

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'Milford, Frederick (1832–1902)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/milford-frederick-14659/text25796, accessed 25 November 2017.

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