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John Woodforde
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Creator : Woodforde family
Source : PRG 502
Date of creation : ca. 1855
Format : Manuscript
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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John Woodforde - Medical advisor to Colonel Light. Arrived in South Australia on the "Rapid" in 1836

PRG 502 Papers of the Woodforde family comprising journal of Dr Woodforde, certificates, letter, photographs, in memoriam card, and miscellaneous notes. Attestation signed by H. O'Halloran and F.D. Woodforde.

Dr John Woodforde (1810-1866) was appointed as surgeon aboard the survey brig 'Rapid' commanded by Colonel William Light, surveyor of the new colony's first city of Adelaide. When Woodforde's contract with the 'Rapid' expired after arriving in August 1836, Light appointed him Surgeon to the Survey Department at Rapid Bay. He soon established a private practice with regular consulting hours in Adelaide. In 1838 he married Caroline Carter (1813-1878). Dr Woodforde was William Light's personal physician. He and another physician, Dr Wright, attended Light during his final illness. 
Woodforde was an original member of the Medical Board which was founded in 1844. He was also Adelaide's Coroner from 1857 until his death in 1866. In 1847 he became one of 65 proprietors of South Australia's Church of England Collegiate School which became St Peter's Collegiate School a year later. 
His son William John Woodforde (1841-1910) was a member of two expeditions into central Australia under John McDouall Stuart (1815-1866) between 1860 and 1862. His daughter Harriet Julia Woodforde (1842-1912) married Thomas Joseph Shuldham O'Halloran (1835-1922), a stipendary magistrate and son of the first Commissioner of Police, in 1862.
Related names :

Woodforde, John, 1836-1873

Woodforde, Caroline (nee Carter), 1813-1878

Woodforde, William John, 1841-1910

Stuart, John McDouall, 1815-1866

Woodforde, Harriet Julia, 1842-1912

O'Halloran, Thomas Joseph Shuldham, 1835-1922

Coverage year : 1836
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Adelaide
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Cleland, JB (Sir) Pioneer medical men in S.A. /address by JB Cleland to the Pioneer's Association of South Australia, The Association Adelaide: OJD Printery, [1941?]

Colwell, M and Alan Naylor Adelaide: an illustrated history, [Joslin, S. Aust.]: McP, 1981

Kwan, Elizabeth Living in South Australia: a social history, Netley, S. Aust.: South Australian Government Printer, 1987

Pitt, G Index to pioneers arriving in South Australia from overseas ports, July 1836 to December 1845 Archives Department, 1935

The Wakefield companion to South Australian history Editor Wilfrid Prest, Kent Town, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 2001

Internet links :

The Woodforde family history: Dr John Woodforde and the Rapid




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