Dr Ernest Black was the first resident magistrate in Esperance in Esperance and medical officer of the local board of Health in 1897. Dr Black was also involved with the lands department in 1898.
The photo below shows the house built for Dr Ernest Black and was known as the magistrate’s house (left in photo). It was situated next to the Esperance Post and Telegraph Office. It was also used as a relief hospital until the Wellard Hospital arrived.
Doctors who lived at ‘The Residency’ were Dr Ryan, Stephens, George, Adams and White.
Adjoining the residency was the original telegraph station. It finished up as the laundry of the residency.
Esperance Chronicle, 9th September 1898.
In 1897/8, Dr. Ernest Black was elected the President of the Esperance Bay Turf Club. The Patron; J.R. Connolly Esq, M.L.A., Vice President; John Moir JP; Members Arthur Austin JP, G.H.Bostock JP; W.R.Burton JP; M.Downes, A.W.Canning, A.Y. Hassell M.L.C.; W.S. Mattinson, John McKenzie, Secretary; W.G.L. Rice.
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