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Arthur Norman McArthur (1869–1950)

The death occurred on Monday, December 11, of Dr. Arthur Norman McArthur, M.R.C.S. (Eng.), F.R.C.S. (Lond.), M.B., B.S. (Melb.), F.A.C.S. (Hon. U.S.A.), F.R.A.C.S., of Harrison Street, Camperdown, at the age of 81 years.

Widely known throughout the Western District, the late Dr. McArthur was born at Meningoort Estate and was the son of the late Mr. Peter McArthur, a pioneer of the district. He was educated at Geelong College, Melbourne University and King's College, London.

The late Dr. McArthur was house surgeon of Launceston General Hospital in 1898-99 and was obstetric surgeon at the Women's Hospital, Melbourne, and senior gynaecological surgeon at St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne. He became a member of the British Medical Association in order to rectify conditions for doctors in lodge practices. After some time the B.M.A. supported his action and Dr. W. W. Boyd became the active agent to adjust conditions with lodges which ultimately resulted favorably to general practitioners in the Wasley Award.

He had been a member of the Geelong College Council since 1908, and chairman of the Game Protection Society, and chairman of the advisory council of the Flora and Fauna Society of Victoria.

A keen sportsman, the late Dr. McArthur played football and cricket for Geelong College and Ormond College. He was captain of Ormond College football team. At Melbourne University he gained his double Blue for cricket and football. He played polo at Camperdown and Melbourne and was captain of Melbourne Polo Club for four of the seven years he played with that club. From 1905 to 1925 he was chairman of the Amateur Boxing and Wrestling Association of Victoria.

The late Dr. McArthur retired from his surgical practice a few years ago to live quietly at Camperdown. He was a brother of the late Miss Joan McArthur and an uncle of Mr. G. S. McArthur. M.L.C. He married Miss Mellicent Elizabeth Noakes, daughter of the late Mr. Wickham Noakes, of Selsdon Park, Surrey, England. He leaves three daughters, Joan (Mrs. Geoff. Austin, Coleraine), Noel (Mrs. C. Seymour, Narracoorte, S.A.), and Alison (Mrs. F. L. Blair, Calcutta, India) and one son, Peter, of Narracoorte. S.A.)

The funeral was to the Springvale crematorium on Tuesday, December 12.

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