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Stewart, Douglas Edward (1853–1936)

from Examiner (Launceston, Tas)


Dr. Douglas E. Stewart died at Alcaston House, Spring-street, Melbourne, yesterday. He was born in Hobart in 1853, where his father practised as a doctor, and afterwards at Evandale. His brother, Dr. W. R. Stewart, formerly of Latrobe, who retired some time ago from medical practice, is now residing in Hawthorn, Melbourne. Another brother, Dr Charles Stewart, who in early days was in charge of the Launceston Public Hospital, died some years ago.

The late Dr. Douglas Stewart won a Tasmanian scholarship in 1873, and left for England to enter Oxford or Cambridge, but as the voyage took over five months, owing to a mishap to the sailing vessel in which he was travelling to England, including a lengthy stay at Valparaiso, South America, for repairs, he was too late to enter, and then went to Edinburgh University. On his return to Australia he was resident medical officer at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, for eighteen months, after which he practised at Waratah, Tasmania, for a time. Returning to Melbourne, he practised in Brunswick, and was, for a period of over 40 years, chief medical officer at Pentridge Gaol.

Dr. and Mrs. Stewart frequently visited Launceston and North-West Coast, and were well known in Tasmania.

Surviving is Mrs. Stewart, Dr. Stewart's sister, Miss Annie Stewart, died in Launceston a short time ago. The late Mrs. Thomas Hogg, Trevallyn, was a cousin, and Mrs. C. E. Vicars, Chant-street, is a niece.

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