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Stewart, William Robert (1851–1939)

The death occurred in Melbourne on Saturday of Dr. William Robert Stewart, in his 88th year. The late Dr Stewart was born at Evandale being a son of the late Dr. Stewart, of that centre. He was educated at Horton College, Ross. He then took his medical course in London University College Hospital. When he took his son home for the latter to enter on his medical studies at this institution some years later it was the hundredth year in which the Stewart family had studied at this University, and the late Dr. Stewart was honoured by being elected an honorary member of the hospital for life. The late Dr. Stewart, on returning from England after the completion of his studies, commenced practice in New South Wales, and later removed to Launceston. He then transferred to Latrobe for health reasons, and commenced practice there over fifty years ago. He soon built up a valuable practice, his skill and ability winning him quick recognition. He was one of the early honorary medical officers of the Devon Hospital, and for a period he and the late Dr. John Payne did most, if not all, of the hospital work over a number of years and helped greatly to build up the reputation of the hospital in those early years. On retiring from active work he went to live in Hawthorn, Victoria, where he resided until his death. Prior to leaving Latrobe he took a keen interest in the Latrobe Bowling Club, and it was largely due to his enthusiasm that the present bowling green and croquet lawn were laid down. He leaves a widow, who was Miss Alexandra Button, daughter of the late Mr. Henry Button, a former proprietor of "The Examiner" and a family of one son, Dr. Allan Stewart of Romsey, Victoria, and three daughters, Mesdames J. T. d'Oliveyra and R. M. Ritchie (Latrobe), and Mrs. E. Moon (Devonport).

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'Stewart, William Robert (1851–1939)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/stewart-william-robert-19394/text30823, accessed 21 November 2017.

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