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Biographical entry Berne, Dagmar (1865 - 1900)

New South Wales, Australia
22 August 1900
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Dagmar Berne enrolled in medicine at the University of Sydney in 1885, becoming the first woman to enrol in medicine in an Australian university. In the late 1880s she travelled to England where she gained her medical qualifications at London University in 1893. After working in a hospital in Tottenham, England, she returned to Sydney in 1895. Berne was the second woman to register to practice as a doctor with the Medical Board of New South Wales. She set up practice in Macquarie Street, but died of tuberculosis five years later.

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Dagmar Berne, Records, 1894 - 1958, MS 3700; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


Book Sections

  • 'Dr Dagmar Berne' in Victorian Honour Roll of Women (Melbourne: Centenary of Federation Victoria, 2001). Details

Journal Articles

  • Moorhead, R., 'Breaking New Ground: the story of Dagmar Berne', Health and History, 10 (2) (2008), 4-20. Details


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