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Scots Australian History


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Scots in Queensland

Dr Mac

Dr Mac was a series of self-contained quarter-hour episodes, recounting tales of Dr. Robert McIntyre, a gentle old Scottish medico, practicing in a country town in Australia, known only as Dr. Mac to his patients, friends and his many thousands of warmly devoted radio listeners. The series was created by E. Mason Wood for the Macquarie Network and the keynote was simplicity. In most episodes we find Dr. Mac dealing more in homespun wisdom and philosophy, always laced with compassion, rather than in the clinical practice of medicine.

Lou Vernon played Dr. Mac; one of radio's most experienced and best-loved character actors. He came to radio in the mid 1930s after some 30 years in show business, first as a ballad singer (a baritone), then in vaudeville, and in the theatre. He played everything from black-faced comics to Grand Opera excerpts and Shakespeare. On radio in 1936 he was famous for his Italian greengrocer Luigi in Dolly and Dan for the BSA Players, and among many hundreds of dramatic performances his Thomas Carlyle in Genius at Home for the Macquarie Radio Theatre was a standout.

Several actresses played Ettic, Dr. Mac's wife, but Enid Lorimer, an actress of great strength and experience, played her more often than anyone else. She is heard in this episode.

Enlish-born Enid Lorimer (1887-1982) was a distinguished actor in radio plays, stage productions, film and television. She lectured on theosophy and was a foundation member of Actor's Equity. Lorimer was posthumously awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1982.

Mini Bios of Scots-Australians

Looking at all the significant people that had biographies written about them 12 per cent were born in Scotland.

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