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Biographical entry Youl, Richard (1821 - 1897)

3 December 1821
George Town, Tasmania, Australia
6 August 1897
Victoria, Australia
Physician and Coroner


Richard Youl, city coroner of Melbourne 1857-1897, introduced formal medico-legal procedure including a post-mortem in every case. He was president of the Central Board of Health 1879-1884.


Born George Town, Van Diemen's Land, 3 December 1821. Died Melbourne, 6 August 1897. Educated in England (MRCS 1842, MD (St Andrews) 1844) and Paris. Gained experience in Edinburgh and London, settled in Melbourne 1850, colonial assistant surgeon to the gaol and penal establishments in Melbourne, a magistrate, and district coroner for Bourke from 1853, coroner 1854-78, 1878-92, visiting justice to penal establishments 1854-67, private practice for many years. President, Central Board of Health 1879-94, president, Medical Board of Victoria 1885-97, chairman, Police Medical Board 1892, founder and physician, Victorian Infant Asylum, official visitor to industrial schools, lunatic asylums and Northcote, the inebriates' retreat.

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McCarthy, G.J.