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Biographical entry Brown, Vera Scantlebury (1889 - 1946)


6 August 1889
Linton, Victoria, Australia
14 July 1946
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Physician and Paediatrician


Vera Scantlebury Brown, the wife of Edward Byam Brown, was director of the Victorian Health Department's section of infant welfare 1926-1946. She wrote books on the care of infants and young children and her 1937 report for the National Health and Medical Research Council prompted government funding of the Lady Gowrie Child Centres.



Career position - Resident Medical Officer at Melbourne Hospital
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB), Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Melbourne
1915 - 1917
Career position - Resident staff at the Children's Hospital
1917 - 1919
Career position - Assistant Surgeon in the Royal Army Medical Corps
1919 - 1946
Career position - Many honorary appointments including Queen Victoria Hospital for Women and Children, the Women's and Children's hospitals, the Victorian Baby Health Centres Association, and the Free Kindergarten Union of Victoria
1921 - 1946
Career position - Medical Officer in charge of city baby health centres (part-time)
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Melbourne
Career position - Survey of the welfare of women and children, comparing Victoria with New Zealand for the Victorian Government
1926 - 1946
Career position - Director of the section of infant welfare for the Health Department (part-time)
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Career position - Annual travelling scholarship of £750 established by the Vera Scantlebury Brown Child Welfare Memorial Trust

Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Vera Scantlebury Brown - Records; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Reiger, Kerreen, 'Vera Scantlebury Brown (1889-1946) 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

Journal Articles

  • Anderson, Fay, 'Vera Scantlebury Brown: a Singular Life', Australasian Science, 19 (6) (1998), 48. Details


Resource Sections

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, G.J.