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Booth, Mary (1869 - 1956)

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Physician and Public health worker
Born: 9 July 1869  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  Died: 28 November 1956  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Mary Booth lectured in hygiene at girls' secondary schools in Sydney from 1900 and for the Department of Public Instruction 1904-09. In 1910-12 she helped establish the first schools medical service in Victoria and was later involved in household health and welfare. She is commemorated by the Mary Booth scholarship for women economics students, University of Sydney.

Career Highlights

1890Bachelor of Arts (BA) completed at the University of Sydney
1891 - 1893Governess
1899Infirmary work in the UK
1899Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Master of Surgery (CM) completed at the College of Medicine for Women, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
1900Anthropometrist in the Department of the Government Statistician
1900 - 1910Private practice with much contractual work
1904 - 1909Lecturer in Hygiene for the Department of Public Instruction
1910 - 1912Helped to establish the first school medical service in Victoria for the Victorian Department of Education
1913Represented the Australian Government at a Conference on Infant Mortality in London
1914Founded the Babies' Kit Society for the Allies' Babies
1918Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1921 - 1956President of the Anzac Fellowship of Women
1936Founded Memorial College of Household Arts and Science

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Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: McCarthy, G.J.
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 15 September 2004

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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