• Full Name:
    James Pascoe Teague
  • Role:
    Registered practitioner
  • Occupation/s:
    Physician, homœopath
  • State:
  • Date first identified using homoeopathy in Australia:
Was an Englishman (from Perranuthnoe, Cornwall) who arrived in Australia in 1862 at the age of 25. (He was married on 15 May 1862 in Geelong.) Dr Teague had studied medicine in America, graduating from the College of Homoeopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania in 1859.

In 1862 and 1863 his address was recorded as being in Geelong, where he had a practice at 19 Ryrie St. He was one of the founders of the Geelong Homœopathic Dispensary in 1863, and was its honorary medical officer until he moved to Melbourne and his position was taken by Dr Robinson.


    Headstone - James Pascoe Teague

         Photo courtesy Peter Torokfalvy


When the Medical Act in Victoria was altered in 1862, Teague applied to become a duly-registered practitioner under the new requirements. The Board, however, declined to register him. When Teague received this decision, he informed the locals in Geelong that he planned to leave the colony unless he could get his licence. His supporters in Geelong held a meeting to adopt measures to prevent him leaving. They decided to send a deputation of eight gentlemen to go to the Medical Board in order to put Teague’s case to the Board Members. They also ensured that the case was published in The Argus. Possibly as a result of this pressure, Teague was first registered as a medical practitioner in Victoria 1863.


                  Headstone - James Pascoe Teague

                          Photo courtesy Peter Torokfalvy



Teague opened his consulting rooms in Melbourne in 1865, taking over the premises and practice of Dr Rochlitz at 160 Collins Street East. In 1870, 1874, 1878 and 1884 his practice was recorded as being at 152 Collins Street East.*


In the Australasian Medical Directory of 1892 and 1896 he was listed as having a practice at Collins Street, and he was also listed at “Hampden”, Barkly Street St Kilda. In the 1911 and 1915 editions of the Directory he was listed at 89 Collins Street (the same location as previously, but with the street number altered).


He was one of the founders and honorary medical officers of the Homœopathic Dispensary in Collins Street, Melbourne. He was also one of the original group of homœopaths who founded the Melbourne Homœopathic Hospital, where he was Honorary Physician for many years. His association with the Hospital continued almost until his death in 1929.


He was buried at the Boroondara Cemetery, Kew.  



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  • Created:
    Monday, 25 May 2009
  • Last modified:
    Monday, 15 December 2014