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The first colonial surgeon was Charles Simmons, who arrived in 1829 on the Parmelia with James Stirling and the first government employees, but was to live only until 1831.
He was granted 5,000 acres, taking 3,000 acres at Beverley which he named after his home town. He explored & reported on suitability of new districts for settlement. The Avon land was resumed by the government after his death.

When Tully Daly, the assistant surgeon to the 63rd regiment was drowned in Capetown, Stirling appointed William Milligan (who happened to be there) to replace him. Milligan arrived in the colony on the Wanstead 30 January 1830, Stirling sent Charles Simmons to Augusta (Statham-Drew: 575, note 30). Milligan opened the first colonial hospital.

Medical practioners

Dr G.C. Attfield
Dr H.C. Barnett
William Birmingham

Dr William Milligan
Dr William Oliver
Charles Simmons
Dr Samuel Viveash
Dr Alfred Waylen 


Richard Birch
John Cattalini
Frank Gibson
Edward Mayhew
Tom Owen


Nurse Bathgate’s San Hedrin Maternity Hospital, 20-22 Staton Rd, East Fremantle, 1925-1986.
Matron Ethel Field, Grosvenor Hotel, Field Street.

References and Links

Berryman, Ian 1979 ed., A Colony Detailed: The First Census of Western Australia 1832, Creative Research, Perth.


Garrick, Phyl & Chris Jeffery 1987, Fremantle Hospital: A Social History to 1987, Fremantle Hospital.

Statham-Drew, Pamela 2003, James Stirling: Admiral and Founding Governor of Western Australia, UWAP.

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