Kurt Aaron

#603, b. 22 February 1909, d. 23 August 1986

Individual's Timeline

Birth22 February 1909Kurt Aaron1
EmigratAU1937Kurt Aaron2
Marriage16 June 1939Kurt Aaron3
EmigratAU1951Kurt Aaron4
Death1982Shiela Joan Murrell Cato5
Death23 August 1986Kurt Aaron6

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Kurt was a medical practioner.
  • EmigratAU: He emigrated to Australia in 1937 in ship 'Narkunda' from England.2
  • EmigratAU: He and Shiela Joan Murrell Cato emigrated to Australia in 1951 from Scotland. The had been living in Edinburgh.4

Voter Enrolements

Children of Kurt Aaron and Shiela Joan Murrell Cato

  • Kenneth Aaron
  • Patrica Aaron
  • Babara Aaron
  • Andrea Aaron

Citations

  1. Misc web sites, online see Citation Detail, https://www.racp.edu.au/page/library/college-roll/…
    Aaron, Kurt

    Qualifications: OBE (1976) MD Frankfurt (1935) LRCP LRCS Edin (1937) LRFP&S Glasg (1937) MRCP Edin (1951) MRACP (1961) FRCP Edin (1971) FRACP (1971)

    Born: 22/2/1909

    Died: 23/8/1986

    Biography:
    Dr Kurt Aaron was born in Hamburg in 1909 and died in Brisbane in 1986. After receiving his secondary schooling at the Helmholz Ober-Real Schule in Frankfurt, he attended universities in Munich and Cologne and graduated MD University of Frankfurt in 1935, completing his clinical undergraduate studies at the Städtischen Krankenhaus in Frankfurt. With his widowed mother, Kurt left Hitler's Germany in 1936, studied in Glasgow to qualify LRFP&S (Glasg) and LRCP LRCS (Edin) in January 1937. He then came to Australia and undertook his internship at the Brisbane General (now Royal Brisbane) Hospital. In 1939 Kurt married a nurse, Miss Sheila Cato, and in time they raised five good-looking children, three girls and two boys.

    On completion of his senior residency in 1941 (and after the threat of being conscripted into the Civil Construction Corps in Central Australia) Kurt was directed under government wartime manpower control to a recently vacated medical practice in East Brisbane, and eventually established from that one man practice the South Brisbane Clinic, a group practice of general practitioners and specialists. He was also appointed assistant visiting physician to the BGH at at that time. At the age of 42, Kurt went to Edinburgh where he gained his membership of their RCP. Ten years later in 1961, he obtained the MRACP by examination and in 1971 was elected to Fellowship of the RACP and of the RCP (Edin).

    In 1956, by now a senior visiting physician to the RBH, Kurt Aaron was appointed one of the original senior visiting physicians to Princess Alexandra Hospital, newly established as a teaching hospital at South Brisbane. It was there that he displayed his considerable skills in patient care, student teaching, resident training and hospital affairs. He wrote papers on matters scientific; other publications reflected his sensitivity to the importance of emotional factors in the causation of symptoms. He had a particular interest in renal disease, held membership of the Australasian College of Nephrology, and in 1968 was instrumental in obtaining a Kiil dialyser for PAH, as a donation from the Rotarians.

    Kurt was considerably involved in workers compensation matters, being the Inaugural Chairman of the General Medical Board of the Workers Compensation Board of Queensland from 1967 to 1979. After his retirement as visiting physician in 1968 he continued to participate actively in hospital affairs, serving on the South Brisbane Hospitals Board from 1974 to 1979, assuming chairmanship of the Princess Alexandra Hospital Society (the hospital's social and educational society) 1972-3, continuing as a committee member 1974-1985 and receiving life membership in 1978. In acknowledgement of his unique contribution to the PAH his friends had his portrait painted and hung in the medical staff common room on 18 July 1985. He was the second person to be so honoured.

    Outside of medical activities, Kurt was involved in Rotary from 1957, being President in 1963-4. Living in a spacious "Queenslander" with typical wide verandahs, Kurt and his wife Sheila entertained generously using their home for fund-raising and other community social activities. In 1977 his work both in medicine and in citizenship was recognised with the award of the OBE. Some years before his own death, Kurt was saddened by the loss of his wife. He continued in medical practice until the day before his death. His eulogy was delivered by his long-time colleague, Dr Keith Cockburn, to whom I am indebted for much of the information relating to Kurt Aaron’s early years in this country. Keith Cockburn concluded with these words: “He was a great citizen, a great father, a great physician and a great friend.”

    Author: GA HOCKER

    References: Hall, P. ed, Princess Alexandra Hospital. The Jubilee Volume, 1956-1981 Brisb.


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  2. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, First name(s)      Kurt
    Last name      Aaron
    Gender      Male
    Age      28
    Birth year      1909
    Occupation      DOCTOR
    Departure year      1937
    Departure day      4
    Departure month      3
    Departure port      London
    Destination port      Melbourne
    Destination      MELBOURNE
    State      Victoria
    Country      Australia
    Destination country      Australia
    Ship name      Narkunda
    Ship official number      142496
    Ship master's first name      H
    Ship master's last name      WILLIAMS
    Shipping line      P.&.O.S.N.COMPANY
    City      LONDON
    Ship destination port      BRISBANE
    Ship destination country      AUSTRALIA
    Ship registered tonnage      9464.07
    Number of passengers      210
    Record set      Passenger Lists Leaving Uk 1890-1960
    Category      Travel & migration
    Subcategory      Passenger lists
    Collections from      Australia & New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States & Canada.
  3. Trove Digitised Newspapers, Sunday Mail (Brisbane) (Qld. : 1926 - 1954) Sunday 18 June 1939 p 29 Article Illustrated

    The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954) Tuesday 16 May 1939 Section: Second Section. p 1 Article Illustrated.
  4. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, First name(s)      Kurt
    Last name      Aaron
    Gender      Male
    Age      42
    Birth year      1909
    Marital status      M
    Occupation      DOCTOR
    Departure year      1951
    Departure day      1
    Departure month      3
    Departure port      London
    Destination port      Sydney
    Destination      SYDNEY
    State      New South Wales
    Country      Australia
    Destination country      Australia
    Ship name      Strathmore
    Ship official number      164521
    Ship master's first name      C S
    Ship master's last name      PARKER
    Shipping line      P. & O
    City      LONDON
    Ship destination port      SYDNEY
    Ship destination country      AUSTRALIA
    Ship registered tonnage      23428
    Number of passengers      963
    Record set      Passenger Lists Leaving Uk 1890-1960
    Category      Travel & migration
    Subcategory      Passenger lists
    Collections from      Australia & New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States & Canada.
  5. Unknown name of person, DB - Qld BDM on line, 1982     5525     Sheila Joan Murrell     Aaron     Clarence Murrell Cato     Jane Lear.
  6. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, First name(s)      Kurt
    Last name      Aaron
    Gender      Male
    Age      77
    Birth year      1909
    Burial year      1986
    Burial date      23 Aug 1986
    Place      Brisbane
    State      Queensland
    Country      Australia
    Record source      Funerals Of Distinction
    Source description      Funerals of Distinction Funeral Directors, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. This index contains records, including Contracts and Cards, from 1980 -1991.The date is the date of death as it has sometimes been found that there has been a considerable period of time between death and Burial. The entry number denotes Fiche or Page/Individual Entry No of the filming of the original records. This filming is held at the Genealogical Society of Queensland Inc.
    Call number      QLD/815/059
    Entry no      1/3
    Record set      Queensland Funeral Records
    Category      Life Events (BDMs)
    Subcategory      Deaths & burials
    Collections from      Australia & New Zealand.
  7. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, First name(s)      Kurt
    Last name      Aaron
    Sex      Male
    Birth year      -
    Occupation      Medical Practitioner
    Year      1949
    Number      1
    House name      905
    Street      Stanley St, East,Brisbane
    Address      905 Stanley St, East,Brisbane
    Place      -
    Sub-district      Buranda
    District      Griffith
    State      Queensland
    Country      Australia
    Page      -
    Record set      Australia Electoral Rolls
    Category      Census, Land & Surveys
    Subcategory      Electoral Rolls
    Collections from      Australia & New Zealand.