A brief history of Dr. George Hadden
George Hadden was born into a Methodist family in Wexford in 1882. After attending the Tate School in Wexford, and Wesley College in Dublin, he qualified as a medical doctor at Edinburgh University in 1905 (where he also sang in the College choir). He then spent thirty years doing medical work in China and Russia as well as travelling in Africa. His wife Helen Vickers was also a medical doctor and worked with him in China. They ‘retired’ to Wexford in 1938 and Dr. George then became very actively involved in the study of the history and archeology of his native town and country.
As well as founding the Wexford Male Voice Choir in 1941 and The Old Wexford Society (Wexford Historical Society) in 1944, he was an active member of the national Council of An Oige, an Alderman of Wexford Corporation and ultimately a Freeman of the Borough. Dr. Hadden was quite an eccentric looking figure who can still be recalled striding along the streets of Wexford with his long white hair,beard and staff. He was a most sociable and enthusiastic man, and was said to “know the whole town by name”. He wrote and lectured on our heritage up until his death in 1973 aged 91 years.
This information was kindly supplied by Eithne Scallan (Wexford Historical Society)