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Biographical entry Brown, Vera Scantlebury (1889 - 1946)

OBE

Born
6 August 1889
Linton, Victoria, Australia
Died
14 July 1946
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Physician and Paediatrician

Summary

Vera Scantlebury Brown, the wife of Edward Byam Brown, was director of the Victorian Health Department's section of infant welfare 1926-46. She wrote books on the care of infants and young children and her 1937 report for the National Health and Medical Research Council prompted government funding of the Lady Gowrie Child Centres.

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Events

1914
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at Melbourne Hospital
1914
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB), Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Melbourne
1915 - 1917
Career position - Resident staff at the Children's Hospital
1917 - 1919
Career position - Assistant Surgeon in the Royal Army Medical Corps
1919 - 1946
Career position - Many honorary appointments including Queen Victoria Hospital for Women and Children, the Women's and Children's hospitals, the Victorian Baby Health Centres Association, and the Free Kindergarten Union of Victoria
1921 - 1946
Career position - Medical Officer in charge of city baby health centres (part-time)
1924
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Melbourne
1925
Career position - Survey of the welfare of women and children, comparing Victoria with New Zealand for the Victorian Government
1926 - 1946
Career position - Director of the section of infant welfare for the Health Department (part-time)
1938
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1946
Career position - Annual travelling scholarship of £750 established by the Vera Scantlebury Brown Child Welfare Memorial Trust

Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Vera Scantlebury Brown - Records; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Reiger, Kerreen, 'Vera Scantlebury Brown (1889-1946) doctor', 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

  • Anderson, Fay, 'Vera Scantlebury Brown: a Singular Life', Australasian Science, vol. 19, no. 6, 1998, p. 48. 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.