Apr 13, 2015

Pioneer women doctors in the First World War

The University of Melbourne have posted a fascinating article by Michelle Moo about Australian women who wanted to serve as doctors during the Great War.

Mary De Garis, (pictured above), for example, tried to enlist with the Australian Army Medical Corps. She was refused, but eventually found a role working with the Scottish Women's Hospitals who provided mobile medical units.

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MK said...

If you are interested in learning more attend this free event

Woman War Doctor: The Life of Mary De Garis

Dates: 11 May 2015

Address: North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street, North Melbourne, Victoria 3051

Web: melbourne.vic.gov.au/MelbourneLibraryService/WhatsOn1/Pages/SpecialEvents.aspx#DrMaryDeGaris


Join author Dr Ruth Lee for a discussion of her book about the pioneering woman doctor, Dr Mary De Garis.

After being rejected to serve for Australia during WWI - although nurses were accepted - Dr De Garis sailed for London to join her fiancé, who was sadly killed in action in France.

Indefatigable, De Garis signed up with the Scottish Women's Hospitals to serve in one of 14 all-women medical units set up by United Kingdom suffrage societies. She managed the 200-bed Ostrovo Unit in Macedonia for 14 months.

Following the war she was the sole woman doctor in Geelong until 1941, and was the 'go-to' obstetrician for generations of Geelong women until retiring in 1958. Former politician Barry Jones was delivered into the world by Dr De Garis in 1932.