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Paul was born in Melbourne in 1914, where he studied medicine at Melbourne University. While at University he was a member of The Mebourne University Rifles. He achieved his Bachelor of Medicine in 1937 and his Doctorate of medicine in 1947. This qualification made him one of the most qualified doctors in Australia in this era. He twice travelled overseas for postgraduate study, to the United Kingdom and United States. Paul married his wife Mollie Burmeister in Melbourne in 1940, they then moved to Hobart where Paul had secured a job as company doctor for the Electrolytic Zinc Works, later setting up in private practise, initially as a G.P. but later as a cardiologist. He inherited the practise and professional rooms of a James Sprent at 148 Macquarie Street.
In August 1942 Paul was assigned as a ship’s doctor with the navy in Sydney. He did not see action in the war and was discharged with a duodenal ulcer. They moved to Hobart before the war’s end where they had four children - Anne Michelle, born in 1941, Michael John born in 1942, Peter James born in 1944 and Richard Paul born in 1947. On the occasion of the first visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Tasmania in 1954 he was appointed Honorary Physician to the Queen. In small town post-war Hobart ‘Dr. Dorney’ was a highly regarded doctor, whose family appeared many times in the social pages of The Mercury, and was prominent in the town until his death at 65 in 1979.
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