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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Hall, Edward Swarbreck

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Hall, Edward Swarbreck, was born in England in 1804. Having entered the medical profession, he emigrated to Tasmania in 1833, and was appointed a medical officer under the Government, and subsequently house surgeon to the Hobart Hospital, which office he resigned in 1855 for private practice. He was active in philanthropic work, and especially exerted himself on behalf of the children in the Queen's Orphan Asylum and the inmates of the Government charitable institutions. In 1881 he was presented with a public testimonial from the citizens of Hobart in recognition of his services. In 1875 he was appointed Health Officer for Hobart. For twenty-five years he compiled and published the vital statistics of the colony. He is author of "Who Translated the Bible?" (Hobart, 1875), a work showing the part taken in the translation and dissemination of the Scriptures by the Roman Catholic Church, of which he was a member. He died at Hobart July 30th, 1881.