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Biographical entry Bennett, Agnes Elizabeth Lloyd (1872 - 1960)


24 June 1872
Neutral Bay, New South Wales, Australia
27 November 1960
Wellington, New Zealand


Agnes Bennett practised in Wellington, New Zealand from 1905 and was Chief Medical Officer at St. Helens Maternity Hospital 1908-1936.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the College of Medicine for Women, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
1901 - 1904
Career position - Private practice in Sydney
1904 - 1905
Career position - Junior Medical Officer at the Hospital for the Insane in Callan Park
1905 - ?
Career position - Private practice in Wellington, New Zealand
1908 - 1936
Career position - Chief Medical Officer at St Helen's Maternity Hospital
1910 - ?
Career position - Honorary Physician in the children's ward at Wellington Hospital, New Zealand
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the College of Medicine for Women, University of Edinburgh
Career position - First female commissioned Officer in the British Army
1916 - 1917
Career position - In charge of a unit of the Scottish Women's Hospitals on the Serbian front
Career position - First President of the Wellington branch of the International Federation of University Women
1938 - 1939
Career position - Medical Officer in Burketown, North Queensland
1940 - 1942
Career position - English hospitals
1942 - c. 1945
Career position - Lectured to the women's services in New Zealand on venereal disease and birth control
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Manson, Cecil and Manson, Celia, Doctor Agnes Bennett, Michael Joseph, London, 1960, 189 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Curthoys, Ann, 'Bennett, Agnes Elizabeth Lloyd (1872-1960), medical practitioner', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 7, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1979, p. 265. Also available at Details

Online Resources

See also

  • McCarthy, Louella, 'Finding a space for women: the British Medical Association and women doctors in Australia, 1880 - 1939', Medical History, vol. 62, no. 1, 2018, pp. 91-111. Details

McCarthy, G.J.