Hunter Valley Colonial Medical Practitioners
John Boucher West
Although he resided in Muswellbrook in 1843, he was also called to cases further away.
In November 1843 he was absent from Muswellbrook for several days. He had gone to the Peel River to attend a soldier who had received a severe wound on the leg while arresting an escaping bushranger. In a desperate escape bid, the bushranger had seized a sword and in the hand to hand conflict that followed, the soldier was seriously wounded.
In 1848 he was employed as Coroner in Muswellbrook and in July he held an inquest into the death of Ann Homewood who had died from serious burns. In August 1849 he held an inquest into the death of settler George Blaxland of Wollun Hills. Select here to find some of the other case he attended.
Later he moved his practise to Armidale where he remained for the rest of his life. He died in Armidale on 1st January 1869 aged 62.