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Biographical entry Booth, Mary (1869 - 1956)

OBE

Born
9 July 1869
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
28 November 1956
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Physician and Public health worker

Summary

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.

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Events

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

Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Angus & Robertson - Records, 1824 - 1933, ML MSS 314; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Mary Booth - Records, 1899 - 1957, ML MSS 1329; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Mary Booth - Records, c. 1918 - 1979, MS 2864; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Roe, J. I., 'Booth, Mary (1869-1956), physician and welfare worker', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 7, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1979, pp. 345-346. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070350b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Booth, Mary, 'The Scope and Organisation of a School Medical Service', Transaction of the Australasian Medical Congress, 1911, pp. 650-655. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Alexander, John A. (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 1944, vol. 12, The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, Melbourne, 1944, 906 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.