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John Stewart
Family Name: Stewart  Variant Spellings: Stuart 
Given Names: John
DOB 1807 appox.
DOD 28 January 1854 
Place of Birth: Dunblane, Scotland
Place of Death: Simon's Town, South Africa 
Age at Death: 46
Qualifications: LFPS Glasgow 1829
Other Occupations:
Spouse: Helena Poynz m.1844 Morpeth NSW
Children: Son b. 1844 Morpeth NSW
Daughter b. 1846 Newcastle NSW
Voyages: "William Abrams" from Greenock arr. Melbourne 26 July 1841
  • "William Abrams" from Melbourne arr. Sydney 4 Sep 1841
  • Came out as: Surgeon Superintendent 
    Date Settled Aus: 1841
    Date of Departure:  
    First Registered: 1841 NSW No.193
    Off Register:  
    Addresses: Dunblane, Scotland
  • Melbourne, Vic 1841 (shipping record, PP Gazette)
  • Sydney, NSW 1841-1843 (Medical register)
  • Morpeth, NSW 1844-1845 (Maitland Mercury)
  • Newcastle, NSW 1846 (SMH)
  • Simon's Town, South Africa 1849 (Advertiser)
  • Positions Held: Surgeon to the Benevolent Asylum, Newcastle (Advertiser)
  • Health Officer, Simonís Town 1849 (Advertiser)
  • Publications: Evils of Intemperance by John Stewart LFPSG, dedicated to Cornelius Stewart surgeon of Dunblane [advance notice in Essay on the Dunblane Mineral Springs, by Peter Gordon Stewart LFPSG 1839]
    Notes: He was a brother of Dr. Cornelius Stewart (qv) and Dr. Gordon Stewart of Capetown. Their father was Dr. Cornelius Stewart of Dunblane, Scotland
  • According to the old AMPI index card John Stewart of Dunblane qualified LFPS Glasgow in 1829, whereas the NSW medical register has 1839
  • The earlier date is more likely, given his age, although the NSW medical register is rarely wrong
  • Gave lectures on Physiology at Sydney School of Arts in 1841 and at Maitland Mechanics Institute 1845
  • He was seeking two young men as boarders soon after his marriage (Maitland Mercury 17 February 1844)
  • From 1852-1862 the published lists of the NSW Medical Board have him as John Stuart, Maitland, reverting to John Stewart, Maitland, from 1863-1864 and then John Stewart with no address until 1885!
  • He probably left Australia in 1848 or 1849
  • His gravestone is at the Old Burying Ground, Simonstown, Cape
  • Acknowledgments: This record was updated in April 2008 with information supplied by Helen Robinson of Mount Waverley, Vic; and in January 2022 with information from Christopher Barends
    References: New South Wales Medical Board. Minutes 4 October 1841 [John Stewart registered no.193 LFPSG 22 August 1839 (sic)]
  • New South Wales Medical Board. List of legally qualified medical practitioners. Sydney, 1842 [John Stewart, Elizabeth Street Sydney]
  • List of Licentiates of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow 1785-1855 (typescript of unknown origin) [John Stewart 1829 (sic)]
  • Curious Fox family history website 2016 [posting about descendants of Dr. Cornelius Stewart (1775-1855) of Dunblane, incl. John b. there 1810 (sic) d. Simonstown South Africa 1854]
  • Hughes IA Passengers to Port Phillip from Scotland, 1839-51. Northcote, Vic, 1980
  • Immigration Office, Melbourne Return 8 June 1852 [J. Stuart (sic) surgeon superintendent on "William Abrahams" (sic) from Greenock arrived 26 July 1841]
  • Dr. John Stewart [advertisement]. Port Phillip Gazette 31 July 1841 [just arrived per "William Abrams" will deliver a course of lectures on phrenology]
  • Shipping intelligence. Australasian Chronicle (Sydney) 5 August 1841 [arrival of the "William Abrams" (sic) from Greenock]
  • Shipping intelligence. Australian (Sydney) 7 September 1841 [arrival of "William Abrams" (sic) from Port Phillip]
  • Lecture on physiology. Sydney Herald 12 November 1841
  • Mr John Stewart surgeon [advertisement]. Sydney Herald 20 November 1841 [commencing practice in Sydney]
  • Married. Maitland Mercury 27 January 1844 [Surgeon John Stewart son of Dr. Cornelius Stewart, Dunblane, Scotland, to Helena Poyntz]
  • Card [advertisement]. Maitland Mercury 17 February 1844 [Mr. John Stewart, Surgeon, Morpeth, looking for boarders]
  • Family notices. Maitland Mercury 4 January 1845 [at Morpeth, on the 23rd December, Mrs. Dr. John Stewart, of a son]
  • Family notices. Sydney Morning Herald 6 April 1846 [at Newcastle, on the 1st April, Mrs. Dr. John Stewart, of a daughter]
  • Deaths. Maitland Mercury 11 October 1848 [on 7th October Ellen Amelia only daughter of John Stewart Esq MD late of Newcastle]
  • Died. South African Commercial Advertiser 21 April 1849 [at Sydney, NSW Ellen Amelia aged 2 yrs 7 months, daughter of Dr. John Stewart (lately Surgeon to the Benevolent Asylum of Newcastle NSW), Health Officer, Simonís Town]
  • Deaths. Sydney Morning Herald 13 April 1869 [at Newcastle, James Stanley Stewart, son of the late Dr. John Stewart of Dunblane, Scotland in his 25th year][is this the son born 1844?]
  • Scotland. Medical Press 14 February 1883 [death of Dr. P. Gordon Stewart at Dunblane, returned there in 1882 after 32 years at the Cape]
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    Image 1: Gravestone of John Stewart, Old Burying Ground, Simonstown, Cape

    last updated 15-01-2022


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