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Biographical entry Mayo, Helen Mary (1878 - 1967)

OBE

Born
1 October 1878
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Died
13 November 1967
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Physician

Summary

Helen Mary Mayo opened a practice in Adelaide in 1906 specializing in midwifery and the health of women and children. She lectured at the University of Adelaide 1926-34. She also founded the Mothers' and Babies' Health Association and the Mareeba Babies' Hospital.

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Events

1901
Award - Davies Thomas Scholarship received from the University of Adelaide
1902
Award - Everard Scholarship received from the University of Adelaide
1902
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Adelaide, first female graduate in medicine at the University
1902 - 1903
Career position - House Surgeon at the Adelaide Hospital
1903 - 1906
Career position - Clinical Clerk at the Hospital for Sick Children in London and experience in midwifery in Dublin, Ireland and Delhi, India
1906 - ?
Career position - Private practice in Adelaide
1911 - 1933
Career position - Clinical Bacteriologist in the Vaccine Department at the Adelaide Hospital
1919 - 1926
Career position - Honorary Assistant Physician at the Adelaide Children's Hospital
1926
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Adelaide, first female MD at the University
1926 - 1934
Career position - Clinical Lecturer in medical diseases of children at the University of Adelaide
1926 - 1938
Career position - Honorary Physician at the Adelaide Children's Hospital
1935
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1938 - 1940
Career position - Honorary Consulting Physician at the Adelaide Children's Hospital
1940 - 1945
Career position - Senior Paediatric Advisor at the Adelaide Children's Hospital

Archival resources

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • Helen Mary Mayo - Records, 1878 - 1960, PRG 127; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Mackinnon, Alison, The Medicals: Laura Hope, Helen Mayo, Rosamund Benham [and] Phyllis Cliento, The New Women: Adelaide's Early Women Graduates, Wakefield Press, Netley, S.A., 1986. Details
  • McDonald, G. L., Roll of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney, 1988, 332 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Hicks, Neville; Leopold, Elisabeth, 'Mayo, Helen Mary (1878-1967), Medical Practitioner', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 10, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986, pp. 466-467. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A100455b.htm. Details
  • Mackinnon, Alison, 'Helen Mayo (1878-1967) paediatrician', in Heather Radi (ed.), 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology, Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988. Details

Edited Books

  • Radi, H. (ed.), 200 Australian Women: a Redress Anthology, Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988, 268 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Anon, 'Obituary: Helen Mary Mayo', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 1968, no. 1, 1968, pp. 368-70. 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
  • Duncan, W. and Leonard, R., The University of Adelaide, 1874-1974, Rigby, Adelaide, 1973, 203 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.