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Dr Valentine Browne becomes first honorary medical doctor

April 26, 2019

Free medical care was in no shortage in the late 1880s with doctors, dentists and chemists offering their services to the old colonists.

“The Homes” had an honorary medical officer and an honorary pharmacist from its earliest days.

Dr Valentine Browne was the first honorary medical officer until 1888, when he was followed by Dr Taylor Downie.

He arrived in New South Wales in 1867 before moving to Victoria.  He was also one of the honorary surgeons at the Melbourne Hospital, and a medical officer of the Victorian artillery.

Dr Browne died on 15 June 1903.

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