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MAYO, Helen Mary

Born: 1/10/1878

Died: 13/11/1967

Special Achievements:

1914 - First woman elected to a university council in Australia (Council of the University of Adelaide).  Held this position continuously for 46 years.
3 June 1935 - Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil), for her contribution to maternal and child welfare.

Additional Information:

1902 - Graduated from medicine with distinction, becoming the University of Adelaide's second female medical graduate.  She topped her class in her fourth year, gaining the Davies Thomas Scholarship and repeated her success in her final year, winning the Everard Scholarship.
1906 - Started private practice, specialising in midwifery and women's and children's health.
1909 - With Lucy Morice and Harriet Stirling, opened the School for Mothers (now Child, Adolescent and Family Health Service) in Franklin Street Kindergarten, South Australia.
1913 - With Harriet Stirling, established Babies’ Hospital in Winchester Street, St Peters (Adelaide, South Australia).
1926 - Completed her MD degree by thesis, becoming a clinical lecturer in medical diseases of children at the University until 1934.
established a vaccine department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. 2001 - Inducted onto Victorian Honour Roll of Women.


Resources

  • Image - Dr Helen Mary Mayo

    Wikimedia Commons

    By Unknown - State Library of South Australia, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1323882