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Biographical entry Stone, Emma Constance (1856 - 1902)

4 December 1856
Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia
29 December 1902


Emma Stone played a leading role in the formation of the Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne, which was funded by a jubilee shilling fund appeal and officially opened in July 1899.


Educated Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, USA and University of Trinity College, Toronto, Canada (MD, ChM 1888). New Hospital for Women, London (qualifying as a licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries) 1889, first woman to register with the Medical Board of Victoria 1890, practised one day a week at the free dispensary attached to Dr Singleton's mission in Collingwood. Founded the Queen Victoria Hospital. Foundation member 1895 of the Victorian Medical Women's Society.

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Murnane, Merrilyn, Honourable healers: pioneering women doctors: Elizabeth Blackwell, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Constance Stone, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, 2015, 225 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Russell, Penny, 'Stone, Emma Constance (1856-1902) and Grace Clara Stone (1860-1957), Medical Practitioners', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 12, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 98-100. Also available at Details
  • Wells, Monika, 'Constance Stone (1856-1902) medical officer', in Heather Radi (ed.), 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology, Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988. Details

Journal Articles

  • Roberts, S., 'Constance Stone - Australia's First Woman Doctor', Journal of Medical Biography, vol. 3, 1995, pp. 1-7. 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

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