FOND FAREWELL: Displaying Dr W H Tomlins’ gift when he left Alstonville are descendants of people who signed it, Dorothy Crawford and Daphne Noble (front), and Alison Draper and Les Daley. The farewell gift forms part of a display at Crawford House Museum.
FOND FAREWELL: Displaying Dr W H Tomlins’ gift when he left Alstonville are descendants of people who signed it, Dorothy Crawford and Daphne Noble (front), and Alison Draper and Les Daley. The farewell gift forms part of a display at Crawford House Museum.

Medical Milestones on display at Crawford House Museum

WHEN Alstonville's first doctor, W H Tomlins, left the village in 1917, local residents went to great lengths to farewell him, commissioning an ornate card-like document as a parting gift.

It was signed by 171 residents, and it still exists today, in the care of the Richmond River Historical Society.

But for the time being, it is on display at Crawford House Museum in Alstonville as part of Medical Milestones, an exhibition commemorating all the town's doctors.

Dr Tomlins was the first permanent doctor in Alstonville, and was also an amateur botanist and astronomer. The rainforest tree, Eugenia Tomlinsii, is named after him.

The Crawford House exhibition includes some of the doctors' equipment.

The exhibition runs until May 19 at 10 Wardell Rd, Alstonville. Opening hours: Friday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm.


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