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PERSTON, Dr William Augustus MD

Male 1827 - 1878  (50 years)


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  • Name PERSTON, William Augustus 
    Prefix Dr 
    Suffix MD 
    Born 5 Jun 1827  Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • PERSTON WILLIAM AUGUSTU JAMES PERSTON/JANET ROBERTSON FR4096 (FR4096) M 05/06/1827 644/1  320 284 Glasgow
    Gender Male 
    Census 1851  70 Great Hamilton Street, St James, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Mary Smith Head Widow F 44 Licentiate's Widow England
      Thomas Chalmers Lodger Single M 29 Moolen? Manufacturer Govan, Ayrshire
      William A Perston Lodger Single M 23 Apothecary to City Parish Dispensary Glasgow, Lanrakshire
    Education 1852  University of Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    MD 
    Emigration 1859 
    to New Zealand 
    Inheritance from Matthew Perston Bell 
    • Chapter XII. - Matthew's death and his will.

      Matthew Perston Bell spent Christmas Day 1866 at Ardrossan making out his will. The only possible explanation for his being there and spending the time in such a pursuit is that he was there for health reasons. The will significantly was witnessed by a surgeon and an apothecary.

      On 18 February 1870 at 12.55 p.m. after an illness lasting only four hours Matthew died of an apoplexy at the age of 61. He died in the Royal Hotel, Bridge of Allan …

      His first and biggest bequests are to his family and friends. Doctor William A. Perston of Wamgaree, Auckland, New Zealand [I gets £3000, the biggest single bequest. Then Jane and Annie Perston, daughters of the deceased James Perston , "my cousin" [I , gets £1000 each while Isabella Perston who is his full cousin gets £2000. His friend John Lang …

                                   The Glasgow Pottery of John and Matthew Perston Bell, Henry E. Kelly (2006)
    Occupation Doctor (General Practitioner) 
    Died 25 Apr 1878  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 28 Apr 1878  Shortland Cemetery, Thames Valley, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Buried on 28 April 1878 in the same plot as his brother, Matthew John Perston (buried 17 July 1872) and his infant son, Reginald who died aged 8 months (buried 27 Sept 1873).
    Person ID I123406  Leicestershire Antills & Connected Families
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2018 

    Father PERSTON, James,   b. 3 Sep 1800, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1838, at sea off Farne Islands, Northumberland on the FORFARSHIRE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother ROBERTSON, Janet,   b. 22 Jan 1804, Lanark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1875, Montevideo, South America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 14 Feb 1825  Glasgow, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • PERSTON JAMES JANET ROBERTSON/FR6739 (FR6739) 14/02/1825 644/1 400 320 Glasgow
    Family ID F23695  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family BINNING, Emma,   b. Between 1 Apr 1842 and 30 Jun 1842, Bedminster 11 87 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1916, 1916/326 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married 2 Sep 1862  Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • "On the 2nd inst. at the residence of Mr. Geo. Naylor, Auckland, by the Rev. D. Bruce, Wm A Perston, Esq, M.D , of Wangarei, to Emma Binning fourth daughter of R. Binning, Esq.,  of Claverland, near Bristol." Daily Southern Cross, 6 Sept 1862. [note: 'Claverland' probably should be 'Claverham.']
    Children 
     1. PERSTON, William Bell,   b. 1863, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1885, Ponsonby, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     2. PERSTON, James Binning,   b. 4 Feb 1865,   d. 1893, Khyber Pass Road, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     3. PERSTON, Evangelina,   b. 19 Jan 1867, Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1892, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     4. PERSTON, Reginald,   b. 28 Jan 1873, Sealey Street, Shortland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1873  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 30 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F35368  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • GUELMUS PERSTON fil. nat. 2dus Jacobi nuper opificis Glasguensis.

      PERSTON, William Augustus 1841. MD 1852, LFPSG (Licentiate of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow) 1852. P ractitioner at (1) Glasgow, (2) Wangarei, New Zealand, (3) Shortland there, (4) Thames there. Died in 1878.        Son of i8983; nephew of i7918, i7925, i11216 ; brother of i14279.
           The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow from 1728 to 1858, Addison (1913). Entry 14364.

      PERSTON William Augustus, MD Glas 1852, LFPS 1852. Regd under 1867 Act 22 June 1868: Whangarei. Born in Scotland. Regd in UK 27 Dec 1858: Glasgow. Arrived in NZ c 1859, settling in Whangarei. Apptd native med attendant for Whangarei 1861. MPC for Marsden 1868-69. Died in Thames from an overdose of chloral 25 April 1878 aged 50, leaving an estate valued at less than £4000.                               Historia Nunc Vivat: Medical Practitioners in New Zealand 1840-1930 (2003)
       
      He was a JP in Whangarei in 1866 and 1868

      SUDDEN DEATH OF DR. PERSTON
      Doctor Perston, house surgeon of the Thames Hospital, and one of the most successful practitioners at the Thames, died suddenly yesterday morning, the reason assigned being an overdose of chloral. … it is known that he has been ailing for three or four days. His illness, however, was not considered dangerous; … Dr Perston has been a resident at the Thames about five years, and had removed to the goldfields from Whangarei … there is at present nothing to guide us in forming an opinion as to how a medical man should make such a fatal mistake as to take an overdose of that insidious poison chloral. The relief which it affords might perhaps offer an inducement to a suffering patient to overstep the limits, but that a skilled physician should make such a blunder cannot be accounted for. A singular feature in connection with the death of Dr Perston is the fatality which appears to exist regarding his family. His brother, who occupied the position of auctioneer and commission agent at the Thames, and secretary and rate collector to the Kauwaeranga Highway Board, prior to the arrival of the doctor from Whangarei, deliberately shot himself in his own house on the eve of a meeting of the Board of which he was secretary. … Mr. R.M. Person, a nephew [actually, a cousin] of deceased, a young man of about 30 years of age, was admitted to the Lunatic Asylum some time since as a hopeless lunatic, and there he died a few months ago. Of Dr. Perston's abilities as a physician and surgeon, there were no second opinions. He was an M.D. of the Glasgow University, and had for some time occupied the position of assistant at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London. He came to Whangarei about 15 years ago, and started a fish-curing establishment. This was not a success, however, and Dr. Perston at length availed himself the invitations and inducements held out to him to cast in his fortunes with the Thames. He leaves a wife and family to mourn their bereavement.                                          New Zealand Herald, 26 April 1878

      He died intestate:  "In the Supreme Court of New Zealand, Wellington district. Tuesday, this 13th day of August 1878. Upon reading the affidavits of Jonas Woodward, of Wellington, Public Trustee, and of Emma Perston, of Thames, I do order that the Public Trustee, the Curator of the Estates of Deceased Persons, shall be Administrator of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of William Augustus Perston, deceased, and that this order be published in the Evening Star newspaper. (Signed) C.W. Richmond, J. 2982   Thames Star 21 Aug 1878.