I came across the Australian Medical Pioneers Index when searching for information about my Pierse family connections. Rumour has it that Dr. William Joseph Pierse was the brother of Winifred Carrigg nee Pierse and my Great Great Great Grandfather John Pierse. They were from Listowel area of Kerry, Ireland and all three ended up in Australia. Winifred who was one of the Irish Famine Orphan Girls arrived in Australia on board the ship Thomas Arbuthnot in 1850 and died in Gundagai, New South Wales in 1899, William arrived on the ship Isabella Watson in 1852 and died at Peel River, New South Wales in 1861, while John arrived prior to 1862 and died at Darbalara, New South Wales in 1921. Unfortunately I have not yet been able to verify the family connection but I did find multiple listings for William Pierse on this website. This website is very easy to navigate and quite interesting!
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Source: Australian Medical Pioneers Index. Retrieved from http://www.medicalpioneers.com/
Source: Search/Browse. Australian Medical Pioneers Index. Retrieved from http://www.medicalpioneers.com/search.htm
Example of some of the Search results for William Joseph Pierse
Source: William Joseph Pierse. Australian Medical Pioneers Index. Retrieved from http://www.medicalpioneers.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi?detail=1&id=388