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Doctor who gave his all

Saturday, 15th October, 2011

By Kurtis Eichler

Dr Graham Fisk, who practiced in the city for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 88.

The retired gynaecologist, paediatrician and general practitioner passed away  on Wednesday and is survived by sons David, Cameron and Peter.

Peter remembered his father as a “sharp fellow” who “didn’t suffer fools well.”

“His job was his life,” he said, “He was a doctor and everything else came second.

“He did a lot of free work that people didn’t really know about.”

Mr Fisk recalled nights at the drive-in where the family would have to leave unexpectedly after the announcement: “Dr Fisk, you’re needed at the hospital,” drowned out the movie.

“I used to think: ‘Well, that’s another movie we’ve missed’.”

But one story stood out amongst the rest, he said.

“In the 70s they had a sort of cave-in at the North Mine,” he recalled.

“They couldn’t get any other doctor to get in with them so he had to crawl through this sort of caved-in area to service who was hurt.”

Pharmacist Conrad Peoples had both a social and working relationship with the doctor that endured for 25 years.

Dr Fisk’s practice was close to Mr People’s chemists in Argent Street.

He said the doctor would be missed and remembered for the “thousands” of babies he delivered.

“I don’t think anyone knows,” Mr Peoples said. “We had five children and he delivered all of them.

“He was just one of those approachable and easy-going people to deal with.”

Owner of Argent Street cafe, Charlotte’s, Wayne Walker, recalls Dr Fisk’s daily visits over the last 11 years.

“I just think he’s been an icon of Broken Hill,” Mr Walker told the BDT.

“He was a true gentleman who had his own perky, dry wit.

“He really was a guy that’s done so much for Broken Hill.

“It was really sad and he’ll be sorely missed by the community.”

Dr Fisk was also a charter member of community group, the Lions Club. He was at the first meeting in 1961 and continued on as a paid member until his death.

Graham Fisk arrived in the city in 1950 having served in Japan as part of the British Commonwealth Occupational Forces after WWII.

Here he met his Helen Jones who would become his wife. Helen passed away several years ago.


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