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Lot 4967    SESSION 18 (2.30PM FRIDAY 28 JULY)    Other Properties - Australian Groups

Estimate $5,000
SOLD $5,000

GROUP OF FOUR: 1914 Star; British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19; Jubilee Medal 1935. Major E.T.Thring. Aus:Vol:Hosp: on first three medals, last medal unnamed. Named medals impressed. Oxidation spots on first and third medals, otherwise very fine - extremely fine.

Award of Jubilee Medal 1935 confirmed.

Edward Thomas Thring, surgeon, born 24Dec1860 at Wirral, Cheshire, England; Enl.19Aug1914 in London with Australian Voluntary Hospital as a consulting surgeon with a temporary commission as Major; arrived at France 29Aug1914 and to various locations from Havre then St Nazaire and the Golf Hotel at Wimereux near Boulogne; left France 20Mar1915 and to 32 Stationary Hospital, Woking, England; to Aust Army Medical Corps Reserve 10Feb1916 as Lieutenant but no further service.

Edward Thring attended Rossall School and later received his medical education at University College Hospital in London graduating MRCS (Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons) in 1882, LRCP (Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians) in 1883 and FRCS (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons) in 1885. He migrated to Australia in 1886 where he entered practice in partnership with Drs Collingwood and Twynam at Petersham, Sydney, NSW.

He served on the staff of nearby Lewisham Hospital for six years and in 1890 moved to Macquarie Street, Sydney to specialise in gynaecology. In 1889 he was appointed to the staff of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he served as Honorary Consulting Gynaecological Surgeon and consultant for 58 years. He was later described by the Chairman of this hospital as probably the most brilliant technical surgeon of his day. He was a surgeon to the Coast (later Prince Henry) Hospital for ten years, was honorary medical officer to the Infants' Home at Ashfield and honorary surgeon to the Royal Hospital for Women at Paddington. He also held terms as Honorary Secretary and President of the NSW Branch of the British Medical Association as well as being founder of the Australian Massage Association and President of the Australasian Trained Nurses Association.

Dr Thring divorced his wife, Selena Frances Thring (nee Collingwood) in June 1913 after 27 years marriage and in 1914 enlisted in England with the Australian Voluntary Hospital. In 1930 he remarried. He was appointed a director of the Bank of New South Wales in May 1932. He was also a prominent member of the Australia Club. As well as his prominence in the medical field, he was an excellent swordsman, horseman and all-round athlete and with interests in the arts and literature. Dr Edward 'Teddie' Thring died on 12 July 1947 and in February 1948 his widow, Pearl Thring, donated money in his memory for a swimming pool at the Sydney Church of England Grammar School.

With research and a roneo copy of The History of the Australian Voluntary Hospital with Nominal Roll.

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