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Diamonds and Stones in an Era of Gold

Diamonds and Stones in an Era of Gold (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Collopy, Dr. Brian

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The story is set in the city of Melbourne in the latter half of the 19th century, when it was growing rapidly, due to the gold flowing from Ballarat and Bendigo in mid-Victoria. It concerns Dr James Beaney, a very colourful and controversial surgeon, who amassed a fortune from hi...s practice, and displayed it in the jewellery he wore, the mansion he had built (which still exists today) and in his social life. He was, however, a generous benefactor to the Melbourne University and hospitals in Melbourne, as well as to his birthplace, the city of Canterbury in Kent. Having weathered two harrowing court cases a decade before, Beaney, shortly after his re-appointment to the Melbourne Hospital in 1875, was implicated in another court case following the death of a patient he had operated on for a large bladder stone. Unwisely he had a facsimile of the stone made and placed in the window of a Collins Street book shop. An inquest was called for following correspondence in the press, particularly one letter from an unknown surgeon, which was highly critical of Beaney. The inquest is outlined in considerable detail and the skill displayed by James Purves, the brilliant young barrister who defended him, will be evident to the reader.
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ISBN 9781925231656
Published AU 10 Mar 2018
Publisher Interactive Publications
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Available at publisher; ships 6-14 working days

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ISBN-13 9781925231656
Stock Available
Status Available at publisher; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Interactive Publications
Imprint Glass House Books
Published 10 Mar 2018
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Collopy, Dr. Brian
Category True Stories: Discovery / Historical / Scientific
Number of Pages 250
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 14mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 373g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text True Stories
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education