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Biographical entry Holden, Frances Gillam (1843 - 1924)

9 February 1843
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
21 August 1924
Nurse and Hospital administrator


Frances Holden was Lady Superintendent of the Hospital for Sick Children, Sydney from 1880 to 1887, during which time she published works on medicine and nursing training as well as verse and prose. She was dismissed from that position in 1887 after a bitter dispute and public inquiry. After 1887 she lectured and continued to write on nursing and hygiene. She was a feminist and member of the Dawn Club.

Related People

  • Osburn, Lucy (1836 - 1891)

    Frances Holden, Sister Probationer, was dismissed by Lucy Osburn before completing her training at Sydney Hospital. Five years later Holden became Lady Superintendent of the Childrens Hospital in Sydney.

Archival resources

Royal Alexandra Hospital Archives, Sydney

  • Frances Gillam Holden - Records; Royal Alexandra Hospital Archives, Sydney. Details

Sydney Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital

  • Frances Gillam Holden - Records; Sydney Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections


McCarthy, G.J.