Arthur Meehan

Arthur Meehan (1890 – 1955) orthopaedic surgeon
Arthur Meehan was honest, sincere, and a devout Catholic. Regarded as the doyen of orthopaedic surgeons in Queensland, Meehan was the first in the State to devote himself solely to the speciality. His enthusiasm and skill attracted many disciples.

On 1 March 1916 Arthur Meehan was appointed captain, Australian Army Medical Corps, Australian Imperial Force. In December he joined the 9th Field Ambulance on the Western Front. Promoted major in April 1917, he was transferred next month to the 11th F.A. On 13 October he was wounded at Passchendaele, Belgium, which led to the amputation of his right foot.

At Brisbane General Hospital, he was honorary orthopaedic surgeon from 1922 to 1928. At the Mater Misericordiae, he was associated with the children’s hospital (from 1931) and with the hospital for adults (from 1938); he resigned in 1950 and joined the honorary consulting staff.

Regarded as the doyen of orthopaedic surgeons in Queensland, Meehan was the first in the State to devote himself solely to the speciality. His enthusiasm and skill attracted many disciples. He was a fellow (1928) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, a fellow (1935) of the British Orthopaedic Association, and a founding member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association which he served as vice-president (1937) and president (1942-44).

A frequent contributor to the Medical Journal of Australia, he served (1948-50) on the British editorial board of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. As an honorary member of, and consultant to, the Queensland branch of the Limbless Soldiers’ Association, he was noted for his compassion and understanding.

Meehan was honest, sincere, and a devout Catholic. He enjoyed music, the theatre, swimming and tennis (in spite of his disability).

A deranged former patient shot and killed him on 1 December 1955 in his rooms in Wickham Terrace.

Complete article : http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A150408b.htm

Background to the killing of Dr Arthur Meehan
In 10 minutes of the afternoon of 1 December 1955, former German ship deserter, World War II internee and naturalised Australian citizen, Siegfried Karl Kast, rampaged through two medical buildings on Brisbane’s Wickham Terrace. He was armed with a .38 calibre revolver and a satchel of self-made bombs. He wounded Dr Michael Gallagher with three pistol shots; killed orthopaedic specialist Dr Arthur Meehan; fatally shot Brisbane’s leading authority on hand surgery, Dr Andrew Murray; mangled the left hand of racehorse trainer Edward ‘George’ Boland with a home-made bomb; and threatened to kill eminent orthopaedic surgeon John Lahz. Finally, Kast bombed Dr Lahz’s surgery and shot himself fatally in the head.

Complete article : http://www.naa.gov.au/naaresources/publications/memento/pdf/memento31.pdf
(page 18)

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