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Biographical entry Ellis, Constance (1872 - 1942)

2 November 1872
Carlton, Victoria, Australia
10 September 1942
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia


Constance Ellis was the first women to graduate with a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Melbourne (1903). Her undergraduate record was outstanding as she gained honours in every year of her course and in her final year exams came second in surgery and third in medicine. Ellis gained a one-year residentship at the Melbourne Hospital and later established a private obstetrics and general medicine practice in Malvern. She held many other posts at various hospitals around Melbourne. Constance Ellis was also an inaugural council member of the Victorian Baby Health Centres Association and its vice-president from 1920 to 1942; president of the Medical Women's Society; councillor of the British Medical Association, Victorian branch; and the first Australian female councillor of the parent British Medical Association.



1894 - 1899
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (ChB) completed at the University of Melbourne
c. 1900
Career position - Resident at the Melbourne Hospital
1901 - 1902
Career position - Resident at the Children's Hospital, Melbourne
1902 - 1907
Career position - Honorary Surgeon at the Queen Victoria Hospital
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Melbourne
1908 - 1919
Career position - Honorary Pathologist at the Queen Victoria Hospital
1918 - 1919
Career position - Founder and President of the Lyceum Club
1920 - 1942
Career position - Vice-President of the Victorian Baby Health Centres Association

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Ellis, A. S., 'Ellis, Constance (1872-1942)' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 8 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1981), p. 433. Details
  • Radi, Heather, 'Constance Ellis (1872-1942) doctor' in 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology, Heather Radi, ed. (Sydney: Women's Redress Press Inc, 1988). Details

Edited Books

  • Radi, H. ed., 200 Australian Women: a Redress Anthology (Sydney: Women's Redress Press Inc, 1988), 268 pp. Details


McCarthy, G.J.