Dr. Stanley George Bradfield
M, #63, b. 12 September 1906, d. 12 August 1951
|Father||John Job Crew Bradfield b. 26 Dec 1867, d. 23 Sep 1943|
|Mother||Edith Jenkins b. 1869, d. 1954|
|Birth||12 September 1906||Dr. Stanley George Bradfield was born on Wednesday, 12 September 1906 at Park Avenue, Gordon, NSW, Australia.1,2|
|He was the son of John Job Crew Bradfield and Edith Jenkins.|
|Marriage||30 November 1935||Dr. Stanley George Bradfield was married to Enid Agnes Graham Alt, daughter of John Alt and Mary Ann Crawford Smith, on Saturday, 30 November 1935 at The Chapel of the Sydney Church of England Grammar School, North Sydney, NSW, Australia.3,4|
|Death||12 August 1951||Dr. Stanley George Bradfield died on Sunday, 12 August 1951 at The Drive, Stanwell Park, NSW, Australia, at age 44.5|
|Cremation||14 August 1951||He was cremated on 14 August 1951 at Northern Suburbs Crematorium, Sydney, NSW, Australia.5|
|Mil-Action||1 July 1941||Dr. Stanley George Bradfield enlisted with the 2/12 Australian General Hospital on 1 July 1941, embarked from Australia on 7 October 1941, embarked for return to Australia on 9 January 1943 and his appointment was terminated on 13 February 1945.|
|The Medical Journal of Australia, Australia||29 September 1951||Dr. Stanley George Bradfield had an obituary appear in The Medical Journal of Australia, Australia, on Saturday, 29 September 1951 as follows: |
We are indebted to Dr. S. Livingstone Spencer for the following appreciation of the late Dr. Stanley George Bradfield.
Stanley George Bradfield was killed in an accident on August 12, 1951. He had taken a tree-felling expert to his holiday property at Stanwell Park in order to dispose of a tree which endangered a neighbour's home. A rope which was being used fouled a second tree, and then whipped with tremendous force against Bradfield's chest, breaking his ribs and causing intrathoracic injuries which were immediately fatal.
Stan Bradfield was born at Gordon in New South Wales in 1906, and came of a distinguished family. His father was the late Dr J J C Bradfield, for many years chief engineer for metropolitan railway construction, and designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. His mother, sister and four brothers survive him including Dr. E. V. Bradfield formerly of Belmont and now practicing in Arncliffe, Sydney. He was educated at the Sydney Church of England Grammar School, and passed the leaving certificate examination with first class honours in mathematics and physics, going on to receive his undergraduate education at the University of Sydney. Always near the top of his year, he won the Parkinson Memorial Prize for pathology and bacteriology, and graduated in 1930 with first class honours. During the last three years of his medical course he was a member of Saint Paul's College.
He was appointed to the resident medical staff of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and after terms in residence at the Royal South Sydney Hospital, the Women's Hospital, Crown Street, and the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, he went abroad for post-graduate study, and remained in England from 1933 to 1935, gaining further experience as resident medical officer at the Stockton and Thornaby District Hospital and at the Hampstead Children's Hospital. During this period, also, he passed the examination for membership of the Royal College of Physicians, London. Later, in 1938, he became a foundation member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
On his return to Sydney in 1935, Bradfield commenced in general practice at Bankstown, a suburb of Sydney, in succession to the late Dr. E. M. Goard. Here, by his ability, his boundless energy and his conscientious devotion to his calling, he attracted a wide circle of patients, who were also his friends. Always a lover of children, he gave more and more attention to paediatrics, and in 1950 he entirely relinquished the care of his adult patients to Dr. Colin Ratcliff and from then on restricted his practice to the treatment of sick children, whom he saw at Bankstown and in his rooms in Macquarie Street, Sydney. He had been a member of the honorary medical staff of the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children since 1936, and an honorary physician since 1949. He had also served the hospital for two years as secretary to the honorary medical staff, and had been a tutor in paediatrics in the University of Sydney. In 1949, when the Government of New South Wales set up a panel of consultants who might be called to examine patients suspected of having anterior poliomyelitis, Bradfield was one of the two nominees of the Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children. He attended the Australasian Medical Congress (British Medical Association) in Brisbane in 1950, and the inaugural meeting of the Paediatric Association of Australia, of which he was a foundation member. On seceral occasions he lectured on child health for the Post-Graduate Committee in Medecine in the University of Sydney. In 1941 Bradfield went overseas with the 2/12 Australian General Hospital, and soon rose to the rank of major, returning to practice in 1944.
In 1935 Stan Bradfield married Miss Enid Alt, also of Gordon. Only a few months before his untimely death he had acquired a beautiful home in this suburb, and was looking forward to the full indulgence of one of his keenest interests, that of gardening. His love of the open air was an expression of his unflagging energy, and his close friends will remember the slender tireless figure which tramped briskly ahead through the bush when his companions would willingly have rested or turned back. The operas of Gilbert and Sullivan formed another interest. Bradfield knew many of the songs by heart, and every Gilbert and Sullivan season saw him prominent in the audience.
Always a devoted husband and father, Stan Bradfield leaves his widow and four young children, two daughters and two sons. He is also mourned by countless patients and friends, who knew him as a fine physician and a staunch comrade. The memory of Stan Bradfield's sincerity and generosity will live on in the hearts of those who knew him together with universal sorrow that he should have been taken from us when he stood on the threshold of a great career.
Dr. Lennox Price writes: Stanley Bradfield's brilliant academic record and his skill as a physician were known by many, but it is of his more personal qualities that I wish to write. Our two families being linked in friendship, it naturally followed, on our return from active service , that our children should be growing up together, and that we should associate more closely. Here it was, within the family circle, that one saw him in his happiest moments for he loved all children, and in his devotion to his own he was, I believe, the ideal parent. Firm when necessary, but always kindly and never patronizing, he seemed naturally to draw children to him; and it was surely fitting that paediatrics should be his chosen specialty. It became necessary to seek his help in the case of one of my own children and I was thus able to appraise at first hand the careful history-taking and meticulous physical examination, followed by the necessary advice, all quietly and without fuss or frill. He possessed no artificial airs and graces, nor did he seem to encourage those who adopted them. The somewhat clipped form of speech gave a first impression of an abrupt manner, but this was mollified by a bubbling sense of humour, which would burst forth at unexpected moments, and one learnt to appreciate the sudden quip, followed by the merry twinkle of the eye which was his characteristic.
Of small stature, he yet possessed an inexhaustible fund of physical and mental energy, and was never idle for a moment. Up with the lark, he would be off on an early morning consultation long before the normal breakfast hour, or when time permitted he might be found energetically tilling his kitchen garden in which he took a pride. Work or the welfare of his patients was his chief concern; but his great delight was to take a brief respite with his children at his holiday retreat at Stanwell Park. Tragically, it was in this manner that he met his death, for while he was felling a tree, no doubt in preparation for summer camps, the fatal accident occurred. Death, we are told, was instantaneous.
Our sympathy goes out to his widow and the four young children whom he left, the oldest a girl aged twelve years and the youngest a baby boy a little over one year old.
Medicine in this generation could ill afford to lose such a man as Stan Bradfield.6
|Occupation||1935||Dr. Stanley George Bradfield was a medical practitioner in 1935.|
|Charts||Indented Descendant Chart - Thomas Beane|
Box Descendant Chart - Thomas Beane
Descendant Chart - James Crossley
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|Last Edited||18 Apr 2001|
- [S2] Index of BDM records, NSW BDM, Place of Registration: St Leonards; Year: 1906; Number: 38948.
- [S235] Birth Certificate, No: 498, in the District of St Leonards, Willoughby and Warringah, NSW.
- [S2] Index of BDM records, NSW BDM, Place of Registration: North Sydney; Year: 1935; Number: 18910.
- [S208] Certificate, marriage, Marriage Certificate for Stanley George Bradfield & Enid Agnes Alt.
- [S106] Death Certificate, for S G Bradfield, Robert Mote, 1 Ringrose Crescent, Isaacs, ACT, Australia.
- [S244] Medical Journal of Australia, 29 September 1951.