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John Kidd
Family Name: Kidd  Variant Spellings:  
Given Names: John
DOB 1803 approx.
DOD 1 February 1852 
Place of Birth:
Place of Death: Melbourne, Vic 
Age at Death:
Qualifications: MRCS 1824
FRCS 1844
Speciality: Naval surgeon 
Other Occupations:
Spouse: Married
Children: Children
Voyages: "Whitby" from Dublin arr. Sydney 23 June 1839
  • "Egyptian" from Dublin arr. VDL 12 December 1840
  • "Emma Eugenia" from Woolwich arr. VDL 9 April 1842
  • "Nile" from London via Hobart arr. Geelong 3 November 1850
  • "Nile" dep. Geelong for London 28 January 1851
  • "Stebonheath" arr. Hobson's Bay 16 December 1851 (with wife and family)
  • Came out as: Surgeon on convict ship Surgeon superintendent 
    Date Settled Aus:
    Date of Departure:  
    First Registered: 1852 Vic
    Off Register: 1853 
    Addresses: Sydney NSW 1839 (shipping record)
  • Hobart Town, VDL 1840, 1842 (shipping record)
  • New Zealand 1846 (Plarr's lives)
  • Melbourne, Vic 1852
  • Positions Held: Assistant Surgeon RN
  • Surgeon RN 1828
  • Quarantine Medical Officer, Port Phillip 1852
  • Publications:
    Notes: The first 4 voyages were on convict transports, the last was with immigrants
  • Evidently intended to settle in Victoria after the last voyage but died soon afterwards
  • Honorably mentioned for service on "HMS Castor", Auckland NZ 1846
  • His obituary in the Melbourne Morning herald states that "he faithfully served in Her Majesty's Navy in China, New Zealand and other countries for a period of twenty-one years, and was lately appointed quarantine medical officer at this port."
  • Medical education Dublin and Edinburgh
  • Acknowledgments: This record was updated in November 2007 with information supplied by Christine Laskowski of Essendon, Vic
    References: Government notice. Victoria Government Gazette 28 January 1852 [John Kidd MD on list of legally qualified medical practitioners]
  • Bateson C. Convict ships. Glasgow, 1959
  • Wright-St.Clair RE. Historia nunc vivat: medical practitioners in New Zealand 1830 to 1940. Digital edition. Christchurch, 2013
  • Hopton AJ. List of registered and unregistered medical practitioners at Port Phillip between 1835 and 1851. Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society 1950;36:376-9
  • Chuk F. Somerset years. Ballarat Vic, c1987
  • Plarr's lives of the fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England website [John Kidd 1803-1852 MRCS 6 August 1824]
  • Shipping intelligence. Colonial Times (Hobart) 4 October 1850 [Dr. John Kidd RN Surgeon Superintendent on "Nile" from London]
  • Port of Geelong. Argus 5 November 1850 [Dr. Kidd RN from Hobart]
  • Port of Geelong. Argus 31 January 1851 [Dr. Kidd for London]
  • Victoria. Sydney Morning Herald 27 December 1851 [Dr. J. Kidd, lady and family from London]
  • Government notice. Victoria Government Gazette 28 January 1852 [John Kidd MD on list of legally qualified medical practitioners]
  • Died. Argus (Melbourne) 2 February 1852 [Dr. John Kidd Royal Navy FRCS late Surgeon Superintendent of the immigrant ship "Stebonheath" in his 48th year]
  • Domestic intelligence. Argus (Melbourne) 2 February 1852 [death of Dr. John Kidd RN who faithfully served in China, New Zealand and other countries for 21 years...a good Christian]
  • Victoria. Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston) 11 February 1852 [death of Dr. John Kidd...lately appointed Quarantine Officer]
  • Obituary. Medical Directory for Scotland 1853 [ Feb 1852 Dr. John Kidd RN FRCS uncle of Abraham Kidd MD of Ballymena, Ireland, at Melbourne, Australia, medical education Dublin and Edinburgh]
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    last updated 24-03-2021


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