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Nyulasy, Arthur John (1865–1924)

The many friends of Dr. Arthur John Nyulasy in Perth and Melbourne will regret to learn of his death, which took place at Graeme, Toorak, the residence of his brother, Dr Frank Nyulasy. Dr. Arthur Nyulasy had an interesting and varied career. After partly completing the course of civil engineering in the Melbourne University, he changed over to the medical side, passing four years of the course here. He completed his medical education in Edinburgh, London, Paris and Berlin. Returning to Victoria, he acted as assistant to his brother at Toorak, but his health failing, he found a more suitable climate in Perth, Western Australia.

Shortly after his arrival that city was beset with a most serious epidemic of typhoid fever and Dr Nyulasy undertook to discover its origin. Convinced, after a patient investigation, that the public water supply was at fault, he sent samples to Dr Kelly at Melbourne, for bacteriological investigation, which revealed that the water was contaminated by sawmillers living on the watershed area under insanitary conditions. The Perth City Council challenged the bacteriological findings, but an independent examination amply confirmed it. On the Government cutting off the contaminated area, the epidemic died out.  

During the South-African war Dr Nyulasy was surgeon-captain with a contingent of Western Australian forces. On returning he was elected to the honorary staff of the Perth Hospital. Up to the time of his death he was senior gynaecologist.

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'Nyulasy, Arthur John (1865–1924)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/nyulasy-arthur-john-14022/text24961, accessed 21 August 2019.

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