Dr Re­ichardt’s 100 mile­stone

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Pranesh Nagesh­war

DR Julius Re­ichardt, who prac­tised for years in Kingswood and St Marys, cel­e­brated his 100th birth­day yesterday.

Born in Tames­var, Hungary, on July 7, 1915, Dr Re­ichardt said he “al­ways wanted to help peo­ple” and there­fore, be­came a doc­tor, work­ing in St Marys for 45 years treat­ing peo­ple.

In 1940, Dr Re­ichardt was study­ing medicine at Fer­di­nand Univer­sity, Cluj, when Ger­many in­vaded Poland.

Dur­ing World War II he was twice wounded: once by shrap­nel on a mil­i­tary train­ing day in 1944 – when he de­cided to treat him­self – and again in 1945.

Af­ter the war, while work­ing as a doc­tor in Brau­nau Am, Aus­tria, Dr Re­ichardt met El­iz­a­beth and they mar­ried on June 25, 1949.

The new­ly­weds em­i­grated to Aus­tralia as refugees in Oc­to­ber, 1949.

The cou­ple had two chil­dren, Ju­lian and Suzanne, and four grand­chil­dren. Mrs Re­ichardt died in 2008.

On Sun­day, fam­ily and friends gath­ered at Dr Re­ichardt’s home to celebrate his up­com­ing cen­tury.

“I am over­whelmed by the cel­e­bra­tion and the oc­ca­sion; it’s much bet­ter than I had an­tic­i­pated,” he said.

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