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Biographical entry Kidd, John (1803 - 1852)

MRCS Aug 6th 1824; FRCS (by election) Aug 26th 1844.

1 February 1852
Melbourne, Australia
General surgeon


The uncle of Abraham Kidd, MD, of Ballymena, Ireland. He received his professional training at Dublin and Edinburgh, and early in life entered the Royal Navy as Assistant Surgeon. He was soon promoted to the rank of Surgeon, and saw much active service for more than twenty years. His name is honourably mentioned in an Auckland paper, dated Jan 17th, 1846, by Colonel H Despard, to His Excellency Governor Gray; he was then Surgeon on board HMS Castor. On this occasion (an engagement with the rebel chiefs, Kawiti and Heke) he and Dr Pine were the senior medical officers among both naval and military, when a number of officers and men were either killed or wounded. Kidd was distinguished as a cool and steady operator, prompt in the treatment of disease and skilful in its diagnosis. He was beloved by his friends and brother officers. His death occurred at Melbourne on Feb 1st, 1852.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England