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O'Doherty, Edward Hyacinth (1858–1900)

The sad news of the death of Dr. Edward Hyacinth O'Doherty, which occurred last evening, will be received with the deepest regret by a very large circle of friends and by every member of the profession to which he belonged. It appears that on Wednesday evening, whilst entering a cab, he missed his footing and fell. He sustained some slight injuries, which appear to have precipitated a brain affection from which he was known to suffer. He received attention at the time, and shortly after the accident appeared to be so much better that no alarm was felt until yesterday morning. He then became worse; and in spite of the best efforts of his medical advisers he died somewhat unexpectedly at half-past 9 o'clock last night. It will thus be seen that his illness had no connection with the case of plague, which he is known to have attended, although rumours to the contrary effect were current. Dr. E. O'Doherty, second son of Dr. K. I. O'Doherty, resided in Brisbane during the greater part of his life, his schooldays having been spent here, together with the whole of the intervening period except the time occupied in his professional training, for which he visited Ireland. From the Brisbane Grammar School he went to the Dublin University, where he obtained his qualification as M.R.C.S. and L.K.Q.C.P., Ireland. He returned to the colony in 1882, and during the period of eighteen years which have since elapsed he has filled several important positions, besides engaging successfully in general practice. The deceased gentleman was for seventeen years medical officer to the out-patients' department of the Brisbane Hospital; last year he was appointed visiting surgeon to the same institution. He was also medical officer to the Nudgee Orphanage, and to All Hallows Convent and the Hibernian Australian Catholic Benefit Society. "There was not a better-loved man in the whole of the profession" was the testimony borne of him last night by one who had known him for many years; and that opinion will be endorsed not only by the whole of his brethren but also by the hundreds who have had experience of his genial nature either socially or in the course of his practice.

The late Dr. E. H. O'Doherty leaves a widow and one child, having married the daughter of Major-General French, at one time Commandant of the Queensland Defence Force. Both his parents survive him, and the deepest sympathy will he felt for the family in their painful bereavement.

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'O'Doherty, Edward Hyacinth (1858–1900)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/odoherty-edward-hyacinth-15185/text26380, accessed 27 June 2019.

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