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Dr. Ferdinand William Hutchison
By Monica

"The last of my 4 ancestors that I've found referenced on this website. This gentleman is my great-great grandfather, and in his twenty-five years that he lived in the Hawaiian Islands (and only while it was the Kingdom of Hawai'i) he contributed much to the health and welfare of the people. Most of his career was spent in the health care field. He served as a physician in Lahaina, Maui during the smallpox epidemic of 1853; he was a member of the Sanitary Commission in 1862; he was Court Physician for Kamehameha V beginning in 1863; and from 1866 (or 1868) to 1873 he was President of the Board of Health. He was instrumental in the selection of Makanalua Peninsula (Kalaupapa) on Moloka'i as the site in which to establish a hospital for those afflicted with leprosy. The same year (1866) in which the report was released detailing the purchase of the site on Moloka'i, Kalaupapa Settlement opened. Father Damien De Veuster arrived at Kalaupapa in May of 1873, 7 years after the first settlers arrived. Father Damien remained there, compassionately serving the victims of leprosy until his own death from the disease 16 years later. Dr. Hutchison also served as Minister of the Interior (appointed by His Majesty Kamehameha V) from 1865 to 1873, and for a brief time he also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, from 1872 to 1873. After working simultaneously at one point in 1872 as both Minister of the Interior, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and as President of the Board of Health, in 1873 he left O'ahu and returned to Maui. He worked as a government physician there for about 2 years before departing for Australia. Dr. Hutchison had relinquished his citizenship to Great Britain and became a naturalized subject of the Kingdom of Hawai'i in 1854, and at one point during his stay in the Hawaiian Islands he married my great-great grandmother, a native Hawaiian woman from Maui. Widowed, he left Maui in 1875 and lived out the remaining 18 years of his life in Australia, the penal colony in which he was originally to have served as a physician when he departed from Scotland, before being "sidetracked" by his extended stay to the Hawaiian Islands."
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Life in Hawai‘i Business & Economy Arts & Science World Events

First lepers arrive on Moloka'i.

Princess Victoria Kamamalu dies at age 27.

J. Dudoit, former French Consul, is murdered.

Queen Emma returns from her trip to Europe and the United States.

First patients moved to the new insane asylum at Kapalama.


Islands export their peak cotton crop: 22,289 pounds.

Steamer Ajax arrives from California to inaugurate monthly steam service.

The Islands export 17,729,161 pounds of sugar and 851,795 gallons of molasses.

$1,994,000 worth of imports arrive in Hawai'i; exports total $1,855,000.

First daily newspaper, Hawaiian Herald, begins publication.


Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) arrives in the Islands to write series of published letters. Watching surfers he notes, "It did not seem that a lightning express train could shoot along at a more hair-lifting speed."

Articles on Hawaiiana begin appearing in the newspaper Kukoa.

Dr. Ferdinand William Hutchison, President of the Board of Health, publishes a report on actions taken to prevent the spread of leprosy, including purchase of land for erecting hospitals in Palolo Valley, O'ahu, and at Makanalua on Moloka'i.


Alfred Nobel invents dynamite.

Civil Rights Act grants citizenship to native-born Americans except Indians.


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