Jay, Melville R H - I20252

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Ship's Surgeon 
Doctor
Melville R H Jay
Born 1856
Nationality  Australian
Born 1856
Australia
Genealogy Data
Person ID I20252
Voyage Data
Voyage to Adelaide in 1871
Personal role First Class Passenger
Name on list Dr. Jay
Occupation Surgeon
Joined place London
Left place Adelaide
Voyage to Adelaide in 1881
Personal role First Class Passenger
Name on list Dr. Jay
Occupation Surgeon
Joined place London
Left place Adelaide
Voyage to Adelaide in 1881
Personal role Surgeon
Name on list Melville R H Jay
Age on voyage abt 25
Wage 0-1-0
Joined date 02 May 1881
Joined place London
Left date 28 Jul 1881
Left place Adelaide
Left reason Discharged

We suspect that the 'Dr. Jay' travelling on the 1871 and 1881 voyages to Adelaide were the one and same surgeon.

In his diary entry of Thursday 8th June 1871, Melville Miller gave his private opinions of his fellow passengers. Miller described Dr. Jay as:

2nd Dr Jay – Surgeon of the ship – a slight made “loon” – pleasant but very quiet, about 25 years old. He does not appear to be up to much, but we will be better able to judge by and bye.


From the Sydney Morning Herald of Saturday 4 August 1917:[1]

THE CYRIL MAUDE SEASON

Mr. Cyril Maude is now in Adelaide, where he enjoyed a Mayoral reception, at which he was welcomed by the Premier (Mr. A. H. Peake) and leading citizens. Dr. Melville Jay informed the gathering that 36 years ago, when he was surgeon on board the ship City of Adelaide, Mr. Maude was a passenger, and came under his care. Dr. Jay has practised in Adelaide ever since. When "Grumpy" the plan for which opens at Paling's on Monday, is produced at the Criterion next Saturday the cast will be as follows:- Andrew Bullivant, Cyril Maude; Ernest Heron, Herbert Hanson; Ruddock, Edward Lester; Jarvis, Frank Elliott; Isaac Wolf, Robert Ayrton; Dr. Maclaren, Stephen Scanlan; Keble, F. Gatenby Bell; Merridew, Harry Sweeney; Dawson, H. H. Wallace; Virginia Bullivant, Dorothy Cumming; Mrs. Maclaren, Stella Payter; Susan, Betty Murray.

Notes

  1. As a surgeon, Dr. Jay appeared in both the 1881 Crew List and 1881 Passenger List.

References

  1. "THE CYRIL MAUDE SEASON.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 4 August 1917. p. 16. Retrieved 4 June 2011.