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Alexander Hunter
Family Name: Hunter  Variant Spellings:  
Given Names: Alexander
DOB 1816 approx.
DOD 6 April 1867 
Place of Birth: Heriot, Scotland
Place of Death: Hokitika, New Zealand 
Age at Death: 50
University: Edinburgh 
Qualifications: LRCS Ed 1835
FRCS Ed 1844
Other Occupations: Parliamentarian
Spouse: Janet Rochet m.1844 Edinburgh
Children: William Cunningham Sterling Hunter d.1866 Bay of Biscay aged 21
Voyages: "Victory" from Glasgow arr. Port Phillip 19 July 1849
Came out as: Surgeon superintendent 
Date Settled Aus: 1849
Date of Departure:  
First Registered: 1850 Melbourne
Off Register: 1864 
Addresses: Madras, India (College Lists 1835)
  • Victoria 1849 (shipping record)
  • Victorian goldfields 1851 (Bowden)
  • Melbourne, Vic 1853 (MMH)
  • New Zealand from 1863
  • Dunedin, NZ 1863 (Fulton, West Coast Times)
  • Invercargill, NZ 1866 (Fulton)
  • Hokitika, NZ (Fulton)
  • Positions Held: Demonstrator of anatomy, Knox's School 1835 (Parliament website)
  • Lecturer on Anatomy in the School of the College of Surgeons (Argus 1849)
  • MLA for East Melbourne 1859-1861 (parliamentary website)
  • Publications: Melbourne Hospital [letter]. Age 21 May 1855
  • Dr Hunter again!. Argus (Melbourne) 2 May 1861 [letters to the editor from Dr. Hunter and J. R. Hunter re his proposed departure on "Donald McKay"]
  • Notes: A Chartist who migrated because of his political opinions (parliamentary website)
  • A long report of his marital problems appears in the West Coast Times (NZ) 1866
  • According to a letter from his wife to the Argus (2 May 1861) he deserted her in 1847 and she and her son rejoined him in Melbourne in 1852
  • He was insolvent and unable to pay maintenance to his wife in 1855 (see refs Age, MMH)
  • Father of W. C. S. Hunter (qv)
  • Acknowledgments: Updated in March and April 2008 and October 2009 with information from Christine Laskowski of Essendon, Vic
    References: Undermentioned gentlemen. Port Phillip Gazette 20 March 1850 [Alexander Hunter registered by the Medical Board]
  • Medical Board of Victoria. Medical Register for 1863 [Melbourne, LRCS Ed 1835 FRCS Ed 1844]
  • Graham HB. Happenings of the now long past : the centenary of the Medical Society of Victoria. Medical Journal of Australia 1952;ii:224
  • Bowden KM. Doctors and diggers on the Mount Alexander goldfields. Maryborough, 1974
  • Wright St.Clair (unspecified reference on NZ doctors)
  • Fulton RV. Medical practice in Otago and Southland in the early days. Dunedin, 1922
  • Local topics. Australian Medical Journal. May 1867:157 [Alexander Hunter formerly of Melbourne died Hokitika NZ, noted for eccentricities, marital problems]
  • Immigration Office returns (Victoria)
  • Shipping intelligence. Argus (Melbourne) 20 July 1849 [Alexander Hunter Esq Surgeon Superintendent on "Victory" from Glasgow]
  • Advertisement. Argus (Melbourne) 2 November 1849:3
  • Advertisements re sale of furniture and cessation of practice. Melbourne Morning Herald 23 June 1853:1
  • Recovered health and returning to practice. Melbourne Morning Herald 15 May 1854:2
  • Advertisement. Age (Melbourne) 17 October 1854
  • Dr. Hunter's case. Age (Melbourne) 31 January 1855
  • Locked up for failing to pay money to support his wife. Melbourne Morning Herald 30 January 1855:5
  • Victoria. South Australian Advertiser 29 April 1861 [Dr Hunter, MLA for East Melbourne, prevented from sailing on "Donald McKay" which left with his son and baggage]
  • News and notes. Moreton Bay Courier 7 May 1861 [Dr Hunter arrested on the "Donald McKay" at Queenscliffe]
  • Dr Hunter and his wife. West Coast Times (NZ) 12 May 1866 [long separated, married 1844 Edinburgh, he emigrated to Australia etc]
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