The original dispensary was in use from 1828 with Dr H C Field MD as the medical officer.
The caretaker of the dispensary was Charles Sargison, who was also the sexton of Stillorgan
Parish church. He had been asked to leave by 1901 but had refused to move out.
In 1904 the dispensary had no accomodation and was noted to be scarcely more than a shed.
there were proposals to build a new dispensary and caretaker’s residence. This looks to have
been sited south of the old dispensary. The architect was George Tighe Moore, Civil Engineer.
He was architect and engineer to Rathdown Union Board of Guardians. He was the architect
in charge of major works at the Portrane and Richmond lunatic asylums in 1908 and went on
to build a housing scheme on the Coolgreaney Road at Arklow, Co. Wicklow, in 1910.
The Rathdown Guardians originally applied for a loan of 700 pounds from the Local
Government Board to build the new dispensary but tenders came in between 800 and 1400.
The building was thought to be too fancy with a hall, waiting room, Registrars-room (for the
registering of births, deaths and marriages), a surgery and kitchen downstairs but what really
caused the outcry was the building was to have four bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs
which was thought to be too extravagant for a caretaker. Miss Cooper lost her job when the
new dispensary was built, Mr O'Farrell, a sub sanitory and school inspecter was given the job.
She requested payment in lieu of notice but this was denied.
1828 - 1851 Dr H C Field
1856 Surgeon Eugene Le Clerc (Stillorgan & Blackrock District
1858 Situation vacant
1862 - 1866 Dr James Ferrier Pollock
1866 - 1873 Dr Richard W Pendleton
1874 H M Kemmis - Medical Attendant
1876 - 1887 Dr Boyce
1887 - 1915 Dr George R Armstrong
1915 - 1919 Dr Charles Francis M Judd
1919 - 1921 Dr Boland - Temporary Medical Officer
1921 - 1932 Dr E T King
1876 - 1887 Dr J W Boyce - Registrar
1905 - 1906 C Sargison - Asst. Registrar Stillorgan
1907 - 1910 M O'Farrell - Asst. Registrar Stillorgan
1896 Mrs Esther Newman (Stillorgan & Blackrock District)
1905 Nurse O'Toole (Stillorgan & Blackrock District)
1901 Charles Sargison
1905 - 1909 Miss Ellen Cooper
1909 O’Farrell (A Farrell family resident in 1959)
© June Bow & Karen Poff – December 2017