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2015, 5:56 am

Atkinson, Thomas c1870

Dr Thomas Atkinson, MD Edinburgh 1825, MRCS Edinburgh 1825, 
FRCS Ireland 1845, Inspector General of Hospitals, British 

Thomas Atkinson,son of Robert ATKINSON and Letitia JOHNSTON, 
was born in Ballina, county Mayo, Ireland sometime in August 

Thomas married Harriet Lydia WILLIAMS on 1 Feb 1834 in 
Chatham, England. Children from this marriage were:
Alice Maud (Mary) ATKINSON
Henrietta ATKINSON
Charles Perceval ATKINSON was born on 16 Mar 1857 in Hobart 
Albert Charles Wylde ATKINSON was born circa 1847 in 
Grahamstown, South Africa and died in 1913 in Ceylon at age 
Thomas George Brutton ATKINSON was born on 22 Jul 1835 in 
Augustus William Henry ATKINSON was born on 12 Apr 1838 in 
Devon England and died in 1914 in Sussex, England at age 76.
Emily Augusta ATKINSON was born on 16 Dec 1839, was 
christened in Gibraltar, and died before Nov 1840.
Robert Mackay ATKINSON was born on 9 Feb 1837 and was 
christened in Co Cork Ireland.
Lucy Matilda  ATKINSON was born 16 Aug 1841 in Quebec Canada 

Military Service:	
Dr Atkinson was first commissioned in the British army as a 
Hospital Assistant on 22 December 26 November 1825, served 
with considerable distinction and rose to the rank of 
Inspector General of Hospitals.

Over the course of his career he served in most corners of 
the British Empire, including Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Bombay 
(India), Mauritius, Gibraltar, Jamaica,  Quebec (Canada), 
South Africa (during the 2nd and 3rd Boer Wars) and Hobart 
Town - Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania).

Dr Atkinson was highly regarded for his work among the 
convicts of the penal colony at Port Arthur in Tasmania and 
as Principal Medical Officer for Hobart Town. He is listed 
in the Australian Medical Pioneers Index 

Dr Thomas Atkinson died inn Ballina on 26 Nov 1875 at age 
78, and was buried in Ballina, Co Mayo, Ireland.. Aug1802, 
Ballina Co Mayo, d. 26Nov1875, Ballina Co Mayo.