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Philip Burdett Reading (1869–1928)

The death occurred yesterday morning, at his home, Namuka, New South Head-road, of Mr. Phillip Burdett Reading, the well-known dental surgeon, who for 36 years was practising in Sydney. He was apparently in good health on Thursday night, but became ill yesterday morning, and died in a few hours,

A native of Sydney, Mr. Reading was educated at Coreen College, Ocean-street, Woollahra, conducted by Mr. J. W. Fletcher, who afterwards became a police magistrate. From there he went to Sydney Grammar School, and later to Sydney University. A year later Mr. Reading proceeded to London, where he took his L.D.S. degree at the College of Dental Surgeons. Returning to Sydney in 1892, he commenced the practice of his profession, and remained in active practice until his death.

Mr. Reading took an active interest in dental education in Australia, and participated in the Dental Society's congresses in the various States. He was president of the Odontological Society of New South Wales for one term, and has also been president of the Society of Dental Science. He was closely associated with the Dental School at Sydney University, and was honorary dental surgeon at Sydney Hospital for at least 15 years. He took a keen interest in golf, being a member of the Royal Sydney Golf Club and the Australian Golf Club. He was also a member of both the University and Australian clubs.

Mr. Reading is survived by Mrs. Reading (daughter of the late Mr. Russell Barton, of Russell Lea, Fivedock) and two children, Mr. Geoffrey Reading and Miss Phyllis Reading. His brothers are Professor R. Fairfax Reading (Professor of Dentistry at Sydney University), Mr. Arthur Edward Reading (who until recently practised dentistry at Armidale), Mr. Claude Hill Reading (managing director of the British Australasian Tobacco Company), and Mr. Frank Reading (of Wellington, N.Z.). His sister, Mrs. Norman Mummery, resides in England.

The funeral will leave the residence at 2 p.m. to-day for South Head Cemetery.

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'Reading, Philip Burdett (1869–1928)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 17 June 2024.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


27 July, 1928 (aged ~ 59)
Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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