DR WIL­LIAM BOLTON 1935 - 2018

Daily Mercury - - PEOPLE - – Con­tributed

HAV­ING de­liv­ered hun­dreds of Mackay ba­bies and cared for gen­er­a­tions of pa­tients dur­ing his 34-year ca­reer, Dr Wil­liam Bolton is re­mem­bered for his ded­i­ca­tion to help­ing oth­ers.

Wil­liam Adrian Bolton was born in Mackay on March 27,

1935 to Leila and Dr Ge­orge Bolton.

The fam­ily, in­clud­ing his two sib­lings, Ma­jorie and Harry (both now de­ceased), resided in an el­e­gant, colo­nial-style house at the cor­ner of Bris­bane and Gor­don streets, di­rectly op­po­site the old Mater Hos­pi­tal. The house was pre­vi­ously her­itage listed but has since been de­mol­ished.

At­tend­ing pri­mary school at Mackay Cen­tral State School un­til he was 12, Wil­liam Bolton then left Mackay to be­come a board­ing stu­dent at the Church of Eng­land Gram­mar School in Bris­bane.

Fol­low­ing his sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, he stud­ied medicine at the Univer­sity of Queens­land, liv­ing at St John’s Col­lege on the St Lu­cia cam­pus. While at univer­sity he met his fu­ture wife, Ce­cilie, and they mar­ried soon af­ter his grad­u­a­tion in


It had been his in­ten­tion upon fin­ish­ing univer­sity to do fur­ther study in Bris­bane in a spe­cialised field of medicine.

How­ever, the death of his fa­ther re­sulted in the newly qual­i­fied Dr Bolton re­turn­ing home to Mackay in 1960 to take over the prac­tice, which op­er­ated from the fam­ily home in Bris­bane St. Dr David Ross later joined him in the prac­tice.

Dr Bolton was, of course, kept ex­tremely busy by his prac­tice, with a large amount of his af­ter-hours work in­volv­ing the de­liv­ery of hun­dreds of ba­bies at the Mater and Base hos­pi­tals.

Dr and Mrs Bolton had three chil­dren, Linda, An­drew and Ken­neth and the fam­ily lived at 23 Hin­ton St, West Mackay.

In the early 1970s Dr Bolton closed the Bris­bane St prac­tice and joined a group of five other doc­tors to form the Am­brose Med­i­cal Group in Palmer Street, North Mackay.

Dur­ing this time he be­came a keen wind­surfer and spent most of his spare time en­joy­ing the sport – even sail­ing his board from Hay­man Is­land to Shute Har­bour.

In ad­di­tion, while Dr Bolton was at the Am­brose prac­tice, he and his wife spent six months in East An­glia, UK, where they lived and worked as a part of an ex­change with Dr Glan­don Thomas.

He re­mained at the Am­brose prac­tice un­til his re­tire­ment in 1994, af­ter which he and Mrs Bolton trav­elled ex­ten­sively through Eu­rope.

In 1995, the cou­ple moved to Yep­poon to be closer to their daugh­ter, Linda Messer­smith, and their new grand­son Har­ley. Dur­ing his re­tire­ment years, Dr Bolton was a keen gar­dener, avid reader and en­joyed long beach walks and work­outs at the lo­cal gym.

Since the be­gin­ning of 2017, Dr Bolton bat­tled with an ag­gres­sive skin cancer which even­tu­ally took his life on Oc­to­ber 27.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Ce­cilie, his chil­dren Linda, An­drew and Ken­neth and his grand­chil­dren, Har­ley, Casey and Luke.


Pho­tos: Con­tributed

Dr Wil­liam Bolton and his wife Ce­cilie on their wed­ding day in 1959.

Dr Bolton had a pas­sion for wind­surf­ing.

Dr Bolton took over his fa­ther Dr Ge­orge Bolton’s prac­tice, which was in the Bolton fam­ily home, at the cor­ner of Gor­don and Bris­bane streets, Mackay.

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