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Biographical entry Little, Elaine Marjory (Marjory) (1884 - 1974)

1 June 1884
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2 May 1974
Pymble, New South Wales, Australia


Elaine Little was a pathologist whose first appointment after graduating in 1915 was to the Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, where she served as pathologist. On finding that women were not allowed to join the Australian Imperial Forces, she made her way to Britain and offered her services as bacteriologist to the British Army Medical Corps. Initially posted to the Lister Institute, she was later in France where she won the respect of colleagues and commanding officers. Returning to Sydney in 1920 Little established one of the first private pathology practices in New South Wales. As well as this successful practice she held appointments as consulting haematologist at Sydney Hospital, and as consulting pathologist at the Royal North Shore and Rachel Forster Hospitals. In 1938 she was a founding Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.



Education - BSc, University of Sydney
Career position - Junior Resident Medical Officer, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
Education - MB, University of Sydney
1915 - 1917
Career position - Senior Resident Medical Officer, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1918 - 1919
Career position - Served with the Royal Army Medical Corps
1920 - 1952
Career position - In private pathology practice, Sydney
1935 - 1936
Career position - President, Medical Women's Society of New South Wales
1938 - 1974
Career position - Founding Fellow, Royal Australian College of Physicians
1949 - 1962
Career position - Board Member, Rachel Forster Hospital for Women and Children, Sydney
Life event - Retired
Award - Fellow, Royal College of Pathologists of Australia

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  • McDonald, G. L., Roll of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Sydney: Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1988), 332 pp. Details

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  • Durie, Ethel, 'Marjory Little', Medical Journal of Australia, 1974 (2) (1974), 338-9. Details


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