Biography of William Craig Christie MacDonald
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William Craig Christie MacDonald graduated MB CM from the University in 1878.
William Craig Christie MacDonald was born 26 April 1857 in Chryston, Lanark. At the age of 16 William enrolled to study Medicine at the University of Glasgow. His father, also named William, had been a Doctor, and this no doubt helped to inspire his choice of degree subject.
William was successful in his studies, and graduated in 1878. A year later he joined the Red Cross as a civil surgeon, and was attached to the Kings Own Regiment 4th Battalion at the time of the Zulu Wars. After completing his service in 1879, he practised medicine in Maryhill, Glasgow until 1882.
In 1883, William was appointed Medical Officer of the Colonial Sugar Refining Company of Ingham, Queensland, Australia. His role was to ensure plantation workers brought in from outside of Australia stayed healthy as they acclimatised to the country and new working and living situations. On top of this, William maintained a private practice in Ingham, as well as specialising in tropical medicine.
In 1886, William married Janet Gardiner Morton, whom he had four daughters and two sons with. William also collected aboriginal artifacts. In 1909 he retired to Sydney, but continued to practice medicine until his death in January 1914.