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Verge, Cuthbert Arnold (1882–1929)

The death occurred in Sydney Friday morning last of Dr. Cuthbert Arnold Verge, the prominent ear, nose and throat specialist, of Macquarie-street. Dr. Verge had been ill for a month. He was devoted to his profession, and the complaint from which he died was contracted as a result of his work.

Dr. Verge, who was born in 1882, occupied a foremost position in the medical profession in Australia. He held the degrees of M.B.Ch.M. of Sydney and F.R.C.S. of Edinburgh, and was an honorary surgeon at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Educated at the King's School and the University of Sydney, he had a brilliant scholastic career. He finalised his studies at the Universities of Vienna, Berlin and London. For eight months Dr. Verge was medical superintendent at the Queen's Hospital for Children, London, in charge of the ear, nose and throat department. His work at that hospital received recognition from such well-known medical men in England as Dr. J. H. Connolly and Dr. J. Porter Parkinson. During his two years' post-graduate course in Vienna Dr. Verge received tributes from leading members of the medical profession in that city.

Holding the rank of captain, Dr. Verge had an interesting war career. He was in London at the outbreak of hostilities, and as a medical man joined the Mediterranean expeditionary force, subsequently going to Mesopotamia, where he took part in the relief of Kut campaign. On this river the Doctor was highly esteemed not only for his undoubted skill in his profession but also for his extremely genial good nature and the excellent relations he established with fellow farmers here; for Doctor Verge on the Macleay was a successful dairy farmer, and an enthusiastic breeder of Friesian cattle. Dr. Verge, who married the youngest daughter of Mr. W. H. Mackay, of Sydney, is survived by his widow and two sons to whom, and also his father, Mr. Austral Verge, who lost another clever son in the war, the people of the Macleay tender their sincere sympathy.

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'Verge, Cuthbert Arnold (1882–1929)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/verge-cuthbert-arnold-23507/text40317, accessed 27 June 2022.

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