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Biographical entry D'Arcy, Constance Elizabeth (1879 - 1950)


1 June 1879
Rylstone, New South Wales, Australia
25 April 1950
Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist


Dame Constance D'Arcy became an honorary surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney in 1908 and was for many years active in improving nursing skills and maternal care. She was Lecturer in Obstetrics, University of Sydney 1925-1939 and Deputy Chancellor 1943-1946.



Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the University of Sydney
1905 - 1908?
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Hospital for Women in Paddington, New South Wales
1908 - ?
Career position - Honorary Surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Women in Paddington
1908 - ?
Career position - Opened practice in Macquarie Street, Sydney
1919 - 1949
Career position - Member of the Senate at the University of Sydney
1923 - 1945
Career position - Honorary Gynaecologist at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney
1925 - 1939
Career position - Lecturer in Clinical Obstetrics at the University of Sydney
1933 - 1934
Career position - President of the Medical Women's Society of New South Wales
Award - Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)
1943 - 1946
Career position - Deputy Chancellor of the University of Sydney

Archival resources

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Constance Elizabeth D'Arcy - Records, 1908 - 1946; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Radi, Heather, 'D'Arcy, Dame Constance Elizabeth (1879-1950), obstetrician and gynaecologist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 8 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1981), pp. 205-206. Details
  • Radi, Heather, 'Constance D'Arcy (1879-1950) obstetrician' in 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology, Heather Radi, ed. (Sydney: Women's Redress Press Inc, 1988). Details
  • Radi, Heather, 'Dame Constance Elizabeth D'Arcy, 1879-1950' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004). Details


See also

  • Alexander, John A. ed., Who's Who in Australia 1944, vol. 12 (Melbourne: The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, 1944), 906 pp. Details
  • McCarthy, Louella, 'Finding a space for women: the British Medical Association and women doctors in Australia, 1880 - 1939', Medical History, 62 (1) (2018), 91-111. Details

McCarthy, G.J.