Dr. Dawson

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Photographers: Various

Collection: Irish Personalities Photographic Collection

Date: circa 1920

NLI Ref: NPA POLI17

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Dec/2021 06:39:58

    Possibly - www.dib.ie/biography/dawson-william-richard-a2447 "... During the 1914–18 war, he served in the RAMC, gaining the rank of lieutenant-colonel* (1917), as a specialist in ‘nerve disease’ to the troops in Ireland (1915), subsequently became president (1917) of the Special Medical Board which dealt with psychiatric problems among servicemen, and later assisted in organising the Home of Recovery, Leopardstown Park, Co. Dublin. Demobilised in 1920, he was appointed (1922) neurologist and chief medical officer at the Northern Ireland Ministry of Home Affairs, and retired in 1929. ..." * Lieutenant-colonel insignia is a pip and a crown as seen.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Dec/2021 06:43:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia You are up late this morning!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Dec/2021 06:44:02

    Royal Army Medical Corps badge (see his cap) via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5646888234/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Dec/2021 06:45:19

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland You're very early!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Dec/2021 07:15:45

    He was an accomplished man. Thom's Irish Who's Who [1923} has a biography including this - Recns.: Mountaineering fishing, photography. Res.: 26 Windsor Park, Belfast. Clubs: Ulster, Belfast; University, Dublin; Swiss Alpine, London and Geneva. See - en.wikisource.org/wiki/Thom%27s_Irish_Who%27s_Who/Dawson,... And his books - en.wikisource.org/wiki/Author:William_Richard_Dawson I imagine this photo is between 1917 (when he became a Lt. Colonel) and March 1920 (when he was "demobilised" from the army)

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    derangedlemur

    • 03/Dec/2021 08:31:40

    Here's the des. res. that is 26 Windsor Park, Belfast: goo.gl/maps/RBarto84zwRDk6Ru6

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    John Spooner

    • 03/Dec/2021 09:00:30

    In 1932, by which time he had retired to Wiltshire, Dr Dawson gave expert evidence in the trial of Eric William Willard, who was on trial for murder - cutting his wife's throat. There was no question that he had committed the act, but the court had to decide his mental state at the time. Western Daily Press - Wednesday 16 November 1932

    Dr. William Richard Dawson, who had held high Government appointments Ireland, and was now employed in a consulting capacity for the Ministry of Pensions at Bath, said he had examined Millard twice in prison for more than two hours. "In describing me what actually took place," said Dr. Dawson, "Millard flushed up and smiled. Then he became tearful." Witness said he decided Millard was suffering from introversion, recognised nowadays as a sort of nervous state which was likely to break down. His conclusion was that he was undoubtedly of unsound mind the time the crime was committed. Millard who so far had sat calmly, with his eyes downcast, suddenly burst into tears and buried his face in his hands. A few minutes later he regained his composure, which he maintained until the end of the trial.
    The jury agreed with Dr Dawson, and the judge ordered Millard "be detained a criminal lunatic in strict custody during his Majesty's pleasure"

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Dec/2021 09:13:31

    In the 1911 census he is listed as "Medical Man, Alienist, Dublin University". Not the little green men aliens, it is from the French aliéné, insane. He was in Finglas in 1901, too, Head of household and Asylum Physician.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Dec/2021 09:24:21

    Farnham House, the Lunatic Asylum in Finglas, is gone, replaced by housing: Farnham Crescent, Farnham Drive. An 1899 ad says the resident physician was Alexander Patton at that time.

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    John Spooner

    • 03/Dec/2021 11:11:45

    Belfast News-Letter - Tuesday 19 September 1905:Belfast News-Letter - Tuesday 19 September 1905 Farnham House may have referred to itself as a 'private asylum' when seeking staff, but when trying to attract patients (from 3 guineas a week) Farnham House (gentlemen) and Maryville (ladies) described themselves as Private Hospitals tor Ladles and Gentlemen of the Upper Classes suffering Mental and Nervous Diseases, Alcoholism, Drug Habits, Epilepsy, etc. (advert in the Belfast News-Letter - Wednesday 06 September 1922).

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Dec/2021 11:49:57

    I have only just noticed (been watching 'Endeavour' on the telly) - photo requires a flip; the buttons, Sam Browne belt, medals etc.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Dec/2021 16:34:37

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Your wish etc. The image has been flipped. Mary

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 03/Dec/2021 19:43:25

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Thank you! William Richard Dawson (1864 - 1950) looks different ...

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    suckindeesel

    • 03/Dec/2021 20:45:45

    He's been introverted!

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    Flickr

    • 04/Dec/2021 04:15:18

    Congrats on Explore! ⭐ December 3, 2021

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    leopc.lin

    • 04/Dec/2021 05:22:27

    Nice capture my friend!

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    s0340248

    • 04/Dec/2021 05:37:35

    Glückwunsch zu Explore !

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    gato-gato-gato

    • 04/Dec/2021 09:06:08

    Gutes Foto

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    anthroview

    • 04/Dec/2021 12:38:52

    Although the photo record took only a few minutes to capture, it gives the impression of (semi) permanence. Yet, from the time Dr. D. walked away from the canvas backdrop the arc of destiny surged forward until its end -- dying of old age? Or battle casualty? Or sometime in-between war and senescence?

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    waewduan4

    • 04/Dec/2021 15:21:48

    Congrats.......

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    Terry Aldhizer

    • 04/Dec/2021 17:11:50

    Interesting vintage image. Kudos on Explore!

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    Brunswick Forge

    • 04/Dec/2021 22:30:52

    📷👍❤This is an excellent addition to today's Explore page.💕 ❤ 👍📷 Greetings from southwestern Virginia, USA.💕