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Biographical entry Mackenzie, Catherine Margaret (1915 - )


November 1915
Fusanchin, Korea
Nurse and Missionary


Catherine Margaret MacKenzie, a child of Presbyterian missionaries, commenced training at the Children's Hospital in Melbourne in 1934, before undertaking midwifery training at Queen Victoria Hospital, where she completed a further six months of infant welfare training in 1940. In 1944 both Cath and her sister, Helen Mackenzie, began learning Chinese before leaving for China, where they arrived in early 1946, working under the aegis of the Red Cross, also working in a language school and continuing their medical work up to June 1950, seven months after the Communists took control. They returned to Korea in 1952 and worked in the Australian Presbyterian Mission Hospital in Pusan, where Cath was matron. Both sisters were appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1962 in recognition of their devoted services to medicine and nursing.

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