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Biographical entry Rivett, Amy Christine (1891 - 1962)

28 February 1891
Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia
14 July 1962
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Amy Rivett was a disciple of Marie Stopes and advocated birth control. Later she specialised in gynaecology. She and her brother Edward were partners in Brisbane in the 1920s and again in Sydney after World War II. As municipal medical officer in Brisbane she was in charge of the health of licensed prostitutes. Rivett was a foundation member of the Queensland Medical Women's Society.



Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) completed at the University of Sydney
1915 - 1917
Career position - Superintendent at the Hospital for Sick Children, Brisbane
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at Brisbane General Hospital
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at Lady Bowen Hospital
Education - Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the University of Sydney
1919 - c. 1946
Career position - Private practice in Wickham Terrace
Career position - Studied in London and Vienna
c. 1946 - ?
Career position - Private practice with her brother Edward in Sydney

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Rutledge, Martha, 'Rivett , Amy Christine (1891-1962) and Edward William (1894-1962), Medical Practitioners', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, p. 401. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Williams, Lesley M., 'Medical Women in Queensland: Characters and Charisma', Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, vol. 20, no. 4, 2007, pp. 134-138. Details

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