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Jay, Richard (Doctor)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1812
Place of birth Suffolk, England
Date of arrival 1851
Principal occupation Doctor
Date of departure 1877
Date of death 1879
Place of decease North Adelaide

Doctor Richard Gardiner Jay arrived in Willunga in 1851 and served as doctor to a vast area for many years. His house and surgery, Saint Anne's Lodge, still remains at 7 St Peter's Terrace. Dr Jay's obituary in the South Australian Register in May 1879 states:

...the death is announced of Dr. Jay, a well-known colonist of over thirty years. The deceased gentleman was born in Suffolk, England, in the year 1812, and after he had secured his medical degree he took two voyages to New South Wales, acting as surgeon to emigrant vessels on both occasions. In 1848 he brought a shipload of immigrants to this colony, and he resolved to remain here. He began practice at Brighton, where he stayed a short time and then removed to Willunga. Here he resided for a period of a quarter of a century, taking part in all the public movements that concerned the township and the province. Two or three years ago he left Willunga and went to Wallaroo, where his health failed him. He died on Sunday at his son Gerald's residence at North Adelaide. He leaves three sons, one of whom is the Manager of the Wine and Spirit Company; another is Accountant in one of the Banks at Gawler; and the third is in England studying for the medical profession.

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