That event led my parents to pack up the family,
move from Detroit to Davenport and become chiropractors,”
Dr. Bolton recounted in a 2012 Insights
article. Not only did his father and mother become
chiropractors, but the three Bolton children were
told their education was not complete until they,
too, studied chiropractic. Thus began a Bolton family
chiropractic legacy, resulting in some 23 chiropractors
in the immediate family.
Dr. Stanley P. Bolton (top right) with three
generations of Bolton chiropractors at “Bolton Place” in Yerrinbool, NSW. Dr. Stanley W. is seated in the front. Dr. Mariette G. is in the middle, left. (Circa 1953)
After graduating from Palmer, Stanley W. Bolton,
D.C., and Mariette G. Bolton D.C., immigrated to
Australia to pioneer chiropractic in that country.
Their son Stanley P. Bolton earned his D.C. degree
from the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1948.
In addition to practicing in Sydney and traveling to
establish and provide regular chiropractic clinics
throughout New South Wales and southern
Queensland, Dr. Stanley P. Bolton served the profession
in a number of leadership roles.
He worked very closely with John Fraser, D.C., the
first federal president of the Australian Chiropractors
Association, to secure X-ray licences for chiropractors under the Radio-Active Substances
Acts in Australia.
Dr. Bolton was elected federal president
of the Australian Chiropractors’ Association
(ACA) and served from 1960-71.
This role included guiding the profession
through the period of the first government
inquiry into chiropractic in Australia—the WA
Honorary Royal Commission on Natural Therapy.
He became associate editor for the
Journal of Australia
and was involved in the establishment
of the first scholarships for Australian
students wanting to study in the United States.
He was elected foundation president of the Australian
Chiropractors’ Association NSW State
branch and served what was to become his first
term as president from 1960-66. In 1963 he initiated
discussions with the NSW government and
the University of NSW on education for chiropractors
within the university sector.
He worked tirelessly with ACA vice-president Jim
Tunney to achieve Australia’s first legislation to
register chiropractors, which occurred in Western
Australia in 1964. During this time he also led
the political action to restore the use of X-ray by
chiropractors in Queensland.
He was elected an Honorary Life Member of the
Australian Chiropractors’ Association (NSW
Branch) in 1974 and was re-elected to serve his second
term as NSW Branch President from 1975-
1980, playing a key role in the emergence of
NSW’s first Chiropractic Registration Act. In
1976 he was the lead in the Australian chiropractic
presentations to the New Zealand Commission
of Inquiry into Chiropractic.
Dr. Bolton retired from full-time chiropractic
practice in 1996, just shy of 50 years in practice.
He remained active in the profession, however,
continuing his role as associate editor for the
Chiropractic Journal of Australia and a member of
the editorial advisory board of the U.S.-based
Chiropractic History Journal and Archives.
On Australia Day (January 26) 2016, Dr. Bolton
was posthumously awarded the Medal of the Order
of Australia (OAM) by the Australian Government
for his service to chiropractic and the community.
His eldest son, Dr. Philip S. Bolton, Davenport
’80, said: “He will be remembered by those who
knew him as a man of principle who lived his life
based on the principles of the Baha’i Faith and the
tenets of chiropractic, and as a man who loved his