Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Newton, Issac (1926-1952)

updated  October 15, 2013

FRCS (Edin.); MRCS (Eng.); LRCP (Lond.). Hong Kong nlt.1926-52, retired. Publications: Five Years' Progress in the Hong Kong Health Services, British Medical Journal October 27, 1951. Honor: The British Realm of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Officer June 23, 1950.

HONG KONG nlt.1926. Government doctor. Medical Officer, Kowloon and New Territories March 16, 1926. Medical Officer In-Charge, Kowloon Hospital 1927 - February 28, 1929. Medical Officer In-Charge, Government Civil Hospital 1930 - September 1932, April 3, 1935 - February 14, 1936 and October 14, 1936 - April 13, 1937. Surgical Specialist April 1, 1941. JP (official) 1927-EOP. Hong Kong Defense Reserve February 21, 1940. Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong, POW 1941-42, Argyle Street Camp, interned 1942-45 Stanley Camp. Director of Medical Services 1946-50. Director of Medical and Health Services 1950-51. Member (official), Legislative Council January 25, 1950-51. Retired from civil service July 1951.

[Newton kept a 148-pages diary covering the dates he was kept as a POW, and later as an internee during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. The original diary is being kept in the British National Archives.]

[Newton was Hong Kong's first post WWII medical chief. I'm almost certain that he was reappointed JP and Legislator during his tenure as medical chief, although I haven't found the confirmation records.]

Selected bibliography: Hong Kong Government, Medical Report for the Year 1926; 1927. Hong Kong Government, Medical & Sanitary Report for the Year 1929. The Hong Kong Government Gazette, May 6, 1927, Appt. #268; February 23, 1940, Notice #220; April 4, 1941, Appt. #370. Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences Society, Plague, Sars, and the Story of Medicine in Hong Kong, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2006, p.338. The London Gazette, February 3, 1950, p.594; June 23, 1950, p.3259.

[Proactive research ended October 15, 2013.]


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