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Biographical entry Chapple, Phoebe (1879 - 1967)

31 March 1879
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
24 March 1967
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Phoebe Chapple graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1904 and practised in Adelaide until she was 85. She distinguished herself during World War I and was awarded the Military Medal. Later she specialised in obstetrics and the veneral diseases of women. Chapple endowed a bursary for St Ann's College, University of Adelaide, which is administered in her name.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Adelaide
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Adelaide
Career position - House Surgeon at the Adelaide Hospital
1906? - 1914
Career position - Practised from her father's school at Prince Alfred College
1910 - c. 1940
Career position - Honorary Doctor at Salvation Army Maternity Hospital for unmarried mothers
1914 - 1918
Career position - Medical service for the British Army
Award - Military Medal (MM) received
1919 - 1937
Career position - Private practice in North Terrace, Adelaide
1921 - 1922
Career position - Honorary Medical Officer at the Night Clinic (venereal diseases) for Women Patients at the Adelaide Hospital
1937 - 1964
Career position - Private practice from her home at Norwood

Archival resources

State Records of South Australia

  • Phoebe Chapple - Records; State Records of South Australia. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Neuhaus, Susan J., 'A woman at war: the life and times of Dr Phoebe Chapple MM (1879 - 1967, an Australian doctor on the Western Front', Journal of Military and Veterans’ History, vol. 21, no. 3, 2013, pp. 40-4. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.