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Dr William Hunter, Hong Kong
« on: Thursday 29 March 12 20:40 BST (UK) »
I would like to find out more about a Dr William Hunter who was a resident in Hong Kong when he died between 1907-11, possibly as a result of an infectitious disease. He was married to a Maria Alice Rae who was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1875. The couple had two children, Winifred  and William who were both born in Hong Kong although the latter died at the age of 4. I do not know where Dr William was born, who his parents were, where the couple got married, what Dr William was doing in Hong Kong or how he died. Can anyone help me in any way?
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Re: Dr William Hunter, Hong Kong
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 29 March 12 21:52 BST (UK) »
Dr William Hunter died June 9th 1909 Hong Kong. He was 34.

If you google

"Dr William Hunter" "Hong Kong"

you'll find a very nice obit in the British Medical Journal dated 24th July 1909.
(see below)

Seems to be plenty of info on the web via Google.

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Re: Dr William Hunter, Hong Kong
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 29 March 12 22:02 BST (UK) »
from the British Medical Journal 24 July 1909

DEATH OF DR. WILLIAM HUNTER, GOVERNMENT
BACTERIOLOGIST

DR. WILLIAM HUNTER, who since 1901 has held the position of Government bacteriologist in Hong Kong, died suddenly on June 9th at the early age of 34. As a student he had a distinguished career at Aberdeen University, graduating in 1893 M.B., C.M., the most distinguished graduate of his year. After graduation, Dr. Hunter devoted himself to pathology and bacteriology, holding appointments in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the London Hospital, and also studied at Berlin.

On his appointment to Hong Kong, he entered with great enthusiasm into the investigation of many diseases found amongst the Chinese, and his annual and special reports contained much valuable information on bubonic plague, beri-beri, the causes of the infantile mortality amongst Chinese, on typhoid fever amongst Chinese, on malignant tumours, and on malaria; he was also a frequent contributor to the medical journals. Dr. Hunter was lecturer on pathology and bacteriology in the Hong Kong College of Medicine, and the following resolution well expresses the esteem in which he was held by his fellow lecturers:

The members of the Senate of the Hong Kong College of Medicine desire to convey to the widow of the late Dr. William Hunter their most sincere sympathy with her in her bereavement. Dr. Hunter, since his first arrival in the colony in 1901 has been a most keen and sympathetic supporter of the college, and has given much good work to the furtherance of its objects. Through his death the college has lost one of its most able, enthusiastic, and successful teachers. In addition to many members of the general community, the Court and Senate of the college and a large number of students attended the funeral at the Happy Valley.


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Re: Dr William Hunter, Hong Kong
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 29 March 12 22:37 BST (UK) »
Lady Di
Thanks for the BMJ Obituary. I will have a look at Google but on first glance there was not much.
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Re: Dr William Hunter, Hong Kong
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 29 March 12 23:13 BST (UK) »
Google to the rescue  ;D

http://hongkongsfirst.blogspot.com.au/2010_05_13_archive.html

William Hunter
The first Government Bacteriologist

b. May 25, 1875 Banffshire, Scotland d.1909 Hong Kong; son of Rev. William H. Hunter; M.B., C.M., University of Aberdeen (1897, most distinguished Medical Graduate); F.R.I.P.H., London University; member of the British Medical Association; member of the Neurological and Physiological Societies of Great Britain; University of Leipzig, University of Berlin, Germany; Laboratory Assistant, Pathological Department, Aberdeen University (1897) ; Clinical Assistant National Hospital for Paralyzed and Epileptic, London (1899-1901); Laboratory Assistant, Neuropathslogical Laboratory, King's College, London, (1900); Assistant Bacteriologist, London Hospital, (1900-1901) ; Director of Pathological Institute, London Hospital, (1901); Government Bacteriologist, Director of Bacteriological Institute, and Medical Officer in charge of the Government Public Mortuary (1901-1909); Lecturer in Pathology and Bacteriology, School of Medicine for Chinese; member of Hong Kong Club; died suddenly on June 9, 1909 at the age of 34, he was buried at the Hong Kong Cemetery in Happy Valley.
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Cemetery transcriptions by Patricia Lim:

Plot: 18---/06/05-   
Inscription:
Sacred
to the memory
of
Dr. William Hunter
Government Bacteriologist
died 9 June 1909 aged 34



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Re: Dr William Hunter, Hong Kong
« Reply #5 on: Friday 30 March 12 19:09 BST (UK) »
Hi Lady Di
Thank you very much for your help.
I looked for his birth in Scotlands People but to no avail. Either the year or the county of birth given in the article is wrong.
I am going to try Aberdeen University for some info on him next. He sounds a brilliant doctor who tragically died at a very young age probably from some bacteria he was researching.
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Colin
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