Hunter Valley Colonial Medical Practitioners
Alexander Skinner arrived in 1839 as surgeon superintendent on the emigrant ship Lady McNaughten. The Sydney Herald reported......The emigrants by this ship arrived in a very healthy state. The cleanliness of the vessel and the general appearance of the passengers reflect great credit on Captain Hustwick and Dr. Skinner, the Surgeon Superintendent. (2)
He commenced a practise at Jerry's Plains in 1839 stating in his notice of commencement that he had extensive experience in Scotland. His wife Hughina who had accompanied him to Australia died in 1839 at Jerry's Plains. He re-married Elizabeth Shannon in 1842 at Mt. Keira.
He was listed as a Qualified Medical witness for Patrick Plains in the Government Gazette in 1839, 1845, 1847 and 1848.
In 1852 the following advertisement appeared in the Maitland Mercury:
Mr. Skinner, surgeon (formerly of Patrick's Plains and latterly of Manila, Philippine Islands) will begin practice at Grafton, on or about the 1st proximo. Mr. S. will have a dispensary where families and stations can have their medicine chests replenished. An Hospital will be opened shortly. Mr. S. has a supply of Vaccine Lymph. (1)
Alexander Skinner died at his residence Airlie Brake near Inverell on 18 January 1899 aged 88.The deceased was one of the oldest members of the medical profession in the colonies, having taken his degree in 1837. He had for some time been incapacities, and many years ago returned from active practice. He was 88 years of age and his death was due to senile decay. (3)
For more information see Australian Pioneer Medical Index