Dr Reichardt’s 100 milestone
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.