Hunter Valley Colonial Medical Practitioners


Appin G. Nichol

Muswellbrook - Cassilis


Alpin G. Nicol was listed in the Government Gazette as a qualified Medical Practitioner at Cassilis in 1844 (2)

In July 1844 Alpin G. Nicol opened a medical practice next door to Mr. Ward's Inn in Muswellbrook. (6)

Two years later he entered into a business in Muswellbrook called the Muswellbrook Manufactory. Contrary to rumours in the township he continued to practice in his medical profession, servicing both Muswellbrook and Merton however a few months later he posted notices in the Maitland Mercury stating that he was no longer connected with the Manufactory. (1)

He was listed as a Medical Witness at Cassilis in 1845 (3)

In September 1847 the Maitland Mercury recorded a Dr Alfred John Nichol as a witness in the murder trial of John Purcell who was accused of the murder of Joseph Palfrey who had died near Cassilis. Nichol was called on to examine the body of Joseph Palfrey who had been found buried in a shallow grave. Later, he was questioned extensively at the trial as to the injuries sustained by Palfrey before death, however his findings were contradicted by Dr. McCartney who was a witness for the defence. Dr. Nichol was vindicated when, supported by his evidence, the jury found Purcell guilty of the murder of Palfrey. (7)

The Maitland Mercury reported that Dr. Nicol died at his residence at Dalkeith (Cassilis) on 15th January 1848 at the age of thirty. (4). Thomas Augustus Perry of Merriwa was appointed Coroner for Cassilis in his place. (5)


Notes & Links:

Alpin/Appin G. Nicol of Cassilis submitted Testimonials of Qualification to the NSW Medical Board in 1850 (Maitland Mercury 16 January 1850)

Appin G. Nicol was a qualified Medical Practitioner in 1852 (Empire 19 January 1852)

Appin G. Nicol, M.D., is listed in Waugh's 1860 Australian Almanac at Cassilis



(1) Maitland Mercury 30 September 1846

(2) Sydney Morning Herald 9 February 1844

(3) Maitland Mercury 8 February 1845

(4) Maitland Mercury 22 January 1848

(5) Sydney Morning Herald 14 February 1848)

(6) Maitland Mercury 6 July 1844

(7) Maitland Mercury 15 September 1847




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