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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]

Dr. Bertrand Edgar de Lautour

Dr. Bertrand Edgar de Lautour , M.R.C.S., Eng. who was elected a member of the Dunedin Licensing Commitee in March 1903 is the present President of the United Temperance Reform Council of Dunedin. He was born in the province of Bengal India, in 1851 and is the youngest son of the late Mr. Edward de Lautour, formerly a Judge of the Supreme Court in Calcutta. He was educated in England, first at Cheltenham College, Gloucester, afterwards at Edinburgh University, where he matriculated and finally at King's College Hospital, London. Shortry after gaining the degree of M.R.C.S., in 1877, Dr de Lautour commenced to practice his profession for New Zealand. He gained his first colonial experience in Port Chalmers, where he practised for five years, and then removed to Tapanui, in the Clutha district, where he remained for fourteen years. During that long period he was closely associated with public life in the district, and was instrumental in obtaining for it a local high school, which was the first of the many country high schools now established in various parts of the colony. Dr de Lautour commenced practice in Stuart Street, Dunedin early in 1901, and has now a very large connection. In 1891 he was married to Miss Dollina Forbes, of Dunedin, and has several children.