General Dr David Thomas
Essenden, Victoria, Australia
Bowral, New South Wales, Australia


From The Southern Mail (New South Wales), 17 July 1953


District loses a beloved doctor

The death of Doctor David Thomas Harbison on Sunday night removes from our midst one who was admired and respected throughout the district. His quiet and pleasant manner, his thought for those in poor circumstances, the generous financial aid he unobtrusively gave to many, were features of the character of this fine gentleman.

Dr Harbison, who was 82years of age at the time of his death, came to Bowral with his wife forty-three years ago, from Unley, South Australia. He had gained the degrees of M.D. and Ch.M. at Melbourne University and later went overseas. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons(F.R.C.S.) of England and also obtained the degree of M.D. of London.

In his early days in Bowral, Dr Harbison took an active part in many local organisations. He maintained his interest in local affairs until hisdeath. The death of his only son, Dr David Harbison [junior] in a bombing raid in Italy in World War Two was a sad blow to Dr Harbison and his wife. Since her death four-and-a-half years ago the doctor showed signs of failing health and was cared for by his niece.

Over twenty years ago Dr Harbison took into partnership Dr A.C. Harrington, to whom he gave the benefit of his knowledge and experience. In his younger days Dr Harbison twice held the singles championship of South Australia and with a partner the mixed doubles title.

The large and representative gathering of people from all parts of the district filled Saint Jude’s Church of England when Reverend G.A. Hook conducted service on Wednesday morningprior to cremation at Northern Suburbs cemetery.


Archive statistics 1891 - 1906

Tournament wins 1895 - South Australian Championships ()
1893 - South Australian Championships ()

Tournaments Scottish Championships - 1906 Crystal Palace - 1906 Australian Open - 1905 South Australian Championships - 1905 South Australian Championships - 1904 South Australian Championships - 1900 Victorian Championships - 1900 South Australian Championships - 1899 South Australian Championships - 1897 South Australian Championships - 1896 South Australian Championships - 1895 South Australian Championships - 1894 South Australian Championships - 1893 Victorian Championships - 1892 Buckley Trophy - 1892 Victorian Championships - 1891

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