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Elsey Fairfax Ross (1855–1902)

We regret to have to announce the death of Dr. Elsey Fairfax Ross, which took place early yesterday morning at his residence, Macquarie-street North, Sydney, after an illness of about seven months' duration. Dr. Ross was the son of Mr. J. Grafton Ross, formerly manager of the Colonial Sugar Refining Company, and was 45 years of age. He was for a time at school in Goulburn with Mr. S. H. Belcher, at Garoongang. He proceeded to England to pursue his medical course, and had a successful career. He studied medicine at University College Hospital, London, and took the M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. degrees, London, in 1881. Later Dr Ross went to Brussels, where he took the degree of M.D. He was house physician at University College Hospital, London, under the late Dr. Wilson Fox, being also clinical assistant at the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital, Moorefields. For the past 18 years the late Dr. Ross had been a conspicuous figure in Sydney medical circles. Shortly after his return from Europe, at the end of 1884, he was appointed honorary physician to St. Vincent's Hospital, and at the time of his death was senior honorary physician to that institution. He was also an honorary surgeon to the Lewisham Hospital for Diseases of Women and Children. It was only natural that, being of a kindly and sympathetic nature, his patients should entertain towards him feelings of the deepest regard. As a man his friendship was valued for its unswerving loyalty, whilst all through life his actions were governed by the strictest principles of honour. Dr. Ross has left a widow and three sons. He was a grandson of the late Hon. John Fairfax, M. L.C. The funeral will move from 153 Macquarie-Street North at 1.15 p.m. to-day for St. James' Church, where a short service will be held, and then the cortege will proceed to the Mortuary Station. The remains of the late doctor will be laid to rest in the Rookwood Cemetery.

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  • funeral, Sydney Morning Herald, 29 December 1902, p 8

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New South Wales, Australia


26 December, 1902 (aged ~ 47)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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