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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Dr. Cecil Phillip ROSENTHAL

Born 1 April 1889 in Moree, New South Wales, Australia [14] [30]
Son of Phineas Phillip ROSENTHAL and Isabella STRONGE [32]
Studied medicine at the Sydney University in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[4: 1-Feb-1930]
He was proficient in English, French and Latin [30]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 10 January 1916 [30: item 8038050]
     Gave his father as his next of kin, his address at the time being Heber Street in Moree, New South Wales, Australia [30]
     Embarked Sydney, New South Wales, Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A47 Marathon on 4 May 1916 [30]
     Disembarked in Devonport, England on 9 July 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 21 November 1916 
     Captain of the Australian Army Medical Corps attached to the 33rd Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Wounded in Action in France on 1 July 1917, and was invalided by ship to England with a severe gunshot wound to his head [30]
     Returned to active service on 21 August 1917 and served in England until 31 August 1918 when he returned to France [30]
     In France he was detached to the 3rd Australian General Hospital and then the 1st Australian Field Ambulance [30]
     Granted leave with pay from 24 March 1919 to 24 June 1919 to undertake medical studies in London, England [30]
     His commission was terminated on 30 November 1919 and he received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Undertook postgraduate courses in London, studied tropical diseases and then went into private practice [4: 1-Feb-1930]
In January 1930 telegraphed the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association accepting their position of medical officer [4: 1-Feb-1930]
     The position was medical practitioner in Carnamah servicing Carnamah, Winchester, Coorow, Marchagee and Gunyidi [4: 19-Oct-1929]
     He was appointed the Medical Officer for Carnamah by the Department of Public Health [5: 26-May-1933]
     Resided in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia until leaving on 19 February 1930 for Carnamah, Western Australia [4: 1-Feb-1930]
     Arrived in Carnamah during March of 1930 [4: 1-Feb-1930]
Doctor in Carnamah from March 1930 until his death in April 1939 [4: 1-Feb-1930] [P22]
     His surgery was initially run from a room of Ernest C. ANDREWS' butchers shop at 14 Macpherson Street, Carnamah [4]
     Paid £1 per week for the surgery, which was advertised as "opposite the Bank of New South Wales" [4: 12-Apr-1930, 29-Nov-1930]
     While his surgery was at 14 Macpherson Street it was telephone number Carnamah-17 (the same number as the butcher's shop) [4]
     Initially resided in a portion of Ernest C. ANDREWS' house just west of the Carnamah townsite [4: 29-Nov-1930]
     He paid £2 per week and had two rooms of the house in addition to use of the kitchen, bathroom and dining room [4: 29-Nov-1930]
     He was introduced to the residents of the Billeroo area at the opening of the Billeroo School Hall on 3 April 1930 [4: 12-Apr-1930]
     In 1930 and 1931 the Carnamah District Road Board paid him a salary of £750 to practise medicine in Carnamah [7: page 98]
     During the 1935-36 financial year the Carnamah District Road Board gave a grant of £86/10/- to his Private Hospital [5: 13-Nov-1936]
     Health Inspector for the Carnamah District Road Board in 1937-37 and 1938-38 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Married Florence Elizabeth CROPPER in Perth in 1930 [66]
During August of 1930 he opened the Carnamah Private Hospital at 14 Boojerabba Street in Carnamah [4: 16-Aug-1930, 23-Aug-1930]
     The building was owned by Thomas J. BERRIGAN, who had transformed the building from business premises to a hospital [3] [4]
     He ran the Carnamah Private Hospital from August 1930 until his death in April 1939 [4: 23-Aug-1930] [P4] [P22]
     His Private Hospital was telephone number Carnamah-21 from 1931 to 1936 and in 1939, with no telephone in 1937 and 1938 [60]
     Within weeks of opening his hospital was reported to have been filled to capacity [4: 23-Aug-1930]
     On occasion the verandah of the hospital was used for extra room when the hospital itself proved not large enough  [P8]
     He was assisted at the hospital by Sisters J. C. MONTEITH, K. JOSSELIN and E. A. LAWTON [4: 23-Aug-1930, 20-Dec-1930, 4-Mar-1933]
     Whenever he performed an operation he was usually assisted by Dr. Mario A. MAYRHOFER of Three Springs [88]
     Two times he performed examinations on the request of the Police and issued certificates under the Mental Treatment Act [88]
     During January 1932 his hospital was fairly busy with several cases of influenza [120: 21-Jan-1932]
On his recommendation, Douglas WALDBY opened a chemist's shop in Carnamah in 1931 [4: 12-Dec-1931] [[5: 8-Feb-1935]
In March 1933 the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association terminated his financial guarantee [5: 26-May-1933]
     He applied with the Carnamah District Road Board on Tuesday 13 June 1933 for his guarantee to be renewed [5: 16-Jun-1933]
     He stated that his hospital was an asset to the district but also a burden, and one he shouldn't have to bear alone [5]
     The Board decided to renew his guarantee unless reasons why not to could be given by the Ratepayers & Citizens Association [5]
     The Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association obviously came up with reasons as the guarantee was terminated [5: 14-Jul-1933]
     He was allowed the proceeds of his outstanding accounts but received no further financial guarantee from the Road Board [5]
     From then onwards he operated in Carnamah as a private practitioner, not a guaranteed medical officer [5: 12-Jan-1934]
By June 1933 his hospital in Carnamah had treated 500 patients with the then previous three months being the busiest [5: 16-Jun-1933]
Attended and addressed the meeting of the Carnamah District Road Board on Wednesday 13 December 1933 [5: 15-Dec-1933]
     Requested for the Board purchase an X-Ray machine for the district's benefit and offered to give back 50% of its fees [5]
     Between 17 April and 23 November he sent 23 patients to Perth for X-rays, which in one instance cost the patient £15 [5]
     The cost of the actual X-Ray would be between £4/4/0 and £6/6/0, the extra expense being from them having to travel to Perth [5]
     He recommended the Board apply for a Lotteries Commission grant and have the X-Ray machine vested in the Board [5]
     The Board agreed it would be an asset to the district, considering some people couldn't afford to go to Perth for X-Rays [5]
On the same day he also requested that the Board assist him with running the hospital which was a drain on himself [5: 15-Dec-1933]
     He revealed that for the year ending 30 June 1933 the hospital treated 272 inmates in addition to 27 maternity cases [5]
     The Board revealed they were unable to help and that any assistance should come from the ratepayers, not the Board [5]
The Carnamah District Road Board priced an X-Ray machine for £360 and applied for a Lotteries Commission grant [5: 12-Jan-1934]
     Unfortunately the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association had decided on 15 December 1933 that they didn't approve [5]
     Their statement was: "We are not in accord with the provision of an X Ray plant for a private practitioner out of public money" [5]
     The Ratepayers & Citizens failed to realise that the X-Ray machine would benefit the community more than it would him [5]
Under distress for rent his landlord hired the services of a bailiff to sell his household items at 2 p.m. on Saturday 13 July 1935 [5]
     Unless he satisfied the warrant before the 13 July the bailiff would sell his bookcase and books, settee, 7 chairs, 2 hall stands, [5]
     2 upholstered chairs, telephone table, dining room table, baby's cot, sideboard, 3 carpets, dressing table, 2 wardrobes, safe, [5]
     single bed, writing desk, bedding, 2 kitchen tables, ice chest, cupboard and kitchen utensils [5: 12-Jul-1935]
After again not paying rent his landlord, Thomas J. BERRIGAN, employed Alexander R. G. BARR to again act as bailiff [5: 27-Nov-1936]
     Unless he paid up his property was to be sold on 5 December 1936 to recover rent owing, however the sale didn't proceed [88]
     Alexander R. G. BARR came to see him just before the sale was to occur and he struck him on the face [88]
     The matter was reported at the Carnamah Police Station by Alexander R. G. BARR at 3:30 p.m. on 5 December 1936 [88]
     On 17 December 1936 at the Carnamah Police Court he was fined £2 and costs of 14/- over the offence [88]
Immunised 110 children for diphtheria in late July 1937 for the Carnamah District Road Board [5: 30-Jul-1937]
     The Road Board gave him an honorarium of £8 and £4 for Sister E. A. LAWTON for doing the injections [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Foundation President of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1930 [4: 10-May-1930]
He was one of the Costume Judge at the annual Fancy Dress Ball held in Carnamah on Thursday 28 August 1930 [4: 6-Sep-1930]
Travelled to Perth on a business trip in February 1932 [12: 11-Feb-1932]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah Hotel licensee Charles Joseph Leslie BREWER at the Winchester Cemetery on 9 July 1932 [4]
Among those who made a donation to the Carnamah Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them buy premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
Honorary Surgeon at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Shows from 1933 to 1938 [5: 22-Jan-1937] [13]
Donated a trophy to the Carnamah Tennis Club for their "Most Improved Player" for the 1933-34 season [5: 25-Aug-1933]
Returned to Carnamah from a short visit to Perth with a new Dodge coup car on  Sunday 14 January 1934 [5: 19-Jan-1934]
In 1934 donated the "Rosenthal Trophy" to the Carnamah Golf Club, which was won by Charles A. METTAM [4: 30-June-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Vice President of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1934-35, and Vice Patron in 1937-38 [5: 10-Aug-1934, 13-Aug-1937]
One of the speakers at the Farewell Social to local chemist Douglas WALDBY on 17 January 1935 at the Carnamah Hall [5: 8-Feb-1935]
Judge and prize donor of the Baby Competition at the Fair held in Three Springs on Thursday 16 May 1935 [5: 24-May-1935]
Vice President of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1935 and 1936 [5: 12-Jul-1935, 17-Jul-1936]
Donated trophies to the Carnamah Golf Club in 1935, which were won by Charles ROBERTSON and Daisy BOWMAN [5: 1-Nov-1935]
He conducted the Presbyterian Service held at the Church Hall in Carnamah on Sunday 4 August 1935 [5: 2-Aug-1935]
Donated a trophy for the Ring Events section of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Show in Coorow on 5 September 1935 [5: 16-Aug-1935]
Himself and Sister LAWTON returned to Carnamah during the last weekend of October 1935 after a few days in Perth [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Travelled to Geraldton on Saturday 25 January 1936 for treatment at the Geraldton Hospital for a sceptic arm [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of William B. SHERIDAN of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Sent his apologies for not being able to be present at the Farewell to the BREWER family in Carnamah on 5 June 1936 [5: 12-Jun-1936]
Financial Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society in 1936 [150]
His father of Moree, New South Wales arrived in Carnamah on Wednesday 25 March 1936 to visit him [5: 27-Mar-1936]
Motored from Carnamah to Geraldton on Thursday 25 June 1936 [5: 26-Jun-1936]
Visiting Perth dentist R. Wakefield KENT used part of his Private Hospital when seeing patients in Carnamah in 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Member in 1937 and Vice President in 1938 of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League [5: 22-Jan-1937, 30-Jul-1937] [52]
Attended the Annual General Meeting of the Carnamah R.S.L. at the Lounge of the Carnamah Hotel on 19 January 1937 [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association in 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Donated a trophy for the Carnamah Tennis Club's Easter Tennis Tournament in Carnamah in 1937 [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Himself and Sister E. A. LAWTON donated £2 and £1 as prizes for the Popular Baby Competition in Carnamah on 29 July 1937 [5]
     The Popular Baby Competition was in support of Miss Nan DAVISON in the North Midlands Popular Girl Competition [5: 23-Jul-1937]
     Judged with Dr. Mario A. MAYRHOFER of Three Springs the 25 entries for sections from six months to three years [5: 30-Jul-1937]
Attended the R.S.L. Valedictory for Charles A. METTAM at the lounge of the Carnamah Hotel on 28 July 1937 [5: 30-Jul-1937]
Attended the opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs and dinner at the Commercial Hotel on 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1937, and donated £1/1/- to the Society in 1937 [13]
On the morning of the Thursday 23 September 1937 he fired a bullet at the dog of his neighbour Mrs Ivy E. DALLIMORE [88]
    Mrs DALLIMORE reported the matter to the local Police Station however refused to name him and didn't want charges laid [88]
    It would appear he was endeavouring to perform a public service as the dog often roamed the streets and had attacked people [88]
Described as "a clever and very gentle physician" with "a leaning for strong liquors" [7: page 161]
He didn't send his bills out very often and then all of a sudden he'd send them all out [P7]
On one occasion he hadn't paid his electricity bill and Henry PARKIN was up a ladder threatening to disconnect the power [P7]
Died 8 April 1939 in Carnamah; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row C, Plot 6) [1]
Rev. Charles A. WALSH of Three Springs officiated at his funeral, which was undertaken by Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah [1]
Sister E. A. LAWTON carried on with his Carnamah Private Hospital for a short time following his death [P4]
His furniture and effects, both personal and from his Private Hospital, were sold by public auction on 27 May 1939 [0: image 03793]

Included among the many medical emergencies Dr. Cecil Phillip ROSENTHAL dealt with:
Operated on the legs of local 14 year old Rule B. WYLIE following a shooting accident on Sunday 16 November 1930 [4: 22-Nov-1930]
Rushed to a man who had been run over by a train in Carnamah in the early hours of Wednesday 20 December 1933 [5: 22-Dec-1933]
     After treating the man with the assistance of Dr. M. A. MAYRHOFER it was found necessary to amputate his leg [4: 21-Dec-1933]
On the afternoon of 26 August 1935 travelled with Sister LAWTON and Constable FIEBIG to a truck accident near Coorow [88]
     Three men injured in the truck accident were taken back to his Private Hospital in Carnamah [88]
     A fourth man had been killed in the truck accident and he performed a post mortem on the man at the request of the Coroner [88]
     Gave evidence at the inquest held into the cause of death of the fourth man, Lawrence W. BRAMBLES, on 29 August 1935 [88]
     Travelled to Perth on Tuesday 1 October 1935 to give evidence at the trial of the man charged over the accident [5: 4-Oct-1935]
Travelled to Waddy Forest on 23 April 1936 to attend to Brian M. MORCOMBE who'd been knocked by a dam scoop  [5: 24-Apr-1936]
On the afternoon of 1 May 1936 travelled to a car accident that had occurred on the Winchester Road in Winchester [5: 8-May-1936] [88]
     Removed the two men, of Geraldton, from the car wreckage and transported them back to his Private Hospital for treatment [88]
On 10 November 1936 attended a car accident on South Road in Carnamah involving three adults and three children of Geraldton [88]
     Treated cuts and abrasions to the children, operated on the driver and admitted another adult for observation [5: 13-Nov-1936] [88]
Inserted several stitches to Lionel O. FERGUSON's lacerated left hand on Friday evening 27 November 1936 [5: 4-Dec-1936]
On 31 December 1936 accompanied Constable PLUNKETT to the scene of a head on car collision two miles north of Coorow [88]
     Five people had been in the two cars and were taken back to his Hospital in Carnamah where four of them were operated on [88]
     Among the injured were Winchester residents David and Mary SIMPSON and in the other car three men of Coorow [88]
On 1 May 1937 received travelled to an accident south of Coorow where a truck from Watheroo had capsized [5: 7-May-1936] [88]
     The two injured men, one woman and a two year old child were treated on the scene and then taken to his Carnamah Hospital [88]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 15 April 1939:
"The death occurred on Friday evening of last week of Dr. Cecil P. Rosenthal. The deceased gentleman had not been enjoying the best of health for some considerable time past, but nevertheless, the news of his death came as a great shock to all who had known him. The late Dr. Rosenthal was a keen worker for many charitable causes and took a very keen interest in the welfare of the local branch of the R.S.L., of which he was an extensive officer. The Carnamah Girls' Club was another body who were deeply indebted to the Doctor, for he always evinced a keen interest in their work and was putting the members through a course of first aid up till the time of his death. Due to the ill-health he has suffered, the late doctor looked much older than his fifty years of age. After a short service conducted by Rev. C. A. Walsh, the remains were conveyed to the Winchester cemetery, a large cortege following them to their final resting place. The pall-bearers were Messrs. W. T. White, W. G. Mulligan, F. Rooke, G. Bradshaw, R. D. Gell and I. B. Roberts. The carriers were Messrs. H. Dunning, A. Saunter, J. Lang, T. Paterson, C. Lynch and M. McSwain."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Cecil Phillip Rosenthal' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 July 2024 from [reference list]

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