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The plaque commemorates the Victorian women doctors who served in World War One.

In 2015, the AFMW and the VMWS were successful in obtaining a grant to support the commemoration of the service of Australian women doctors in the First World War.

On Sunday, September 11 2016, the Memorial Plaque Unveiling for the Women Doctors from World War One  was held in the beautiful Welsh Church on LaTrobe Street, Melbourne.  This was the site of a clinic of Dr Constance Stone, the first medical practitioner registered in Australia, and the founder of the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital.

The service was conducted by Reverend Sion Hughes.  We heard a detailed account of the women doctors in World War One from Dr Heather Sheard.  Dr Merrilyn Murnane highlighted Dr Constance Stone’s background, her struggle to become one of Australia’s first women medical doctors, and her pioneering efforts to have women accepted at the University of Melbourne.

The six Melbourne Medical Women who were honoured are: Rachel Champion, Hilda Bull, Mary de Garis, Helen Secton, Vera Scantlebury and Isabella Younger.

The memorial plaque was made possible by The ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program, via Adam Bandt MP, the VMWS, the AFMW and generous community donations.

We continued to raise funds towards a sculpture to accompany the plaque.  
Australian Federation of Medical Women


Address:320 La Trobe Street, Welsh Church, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.810514
Long: 144.959921
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 11th September, 2016
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           Victorian Medical 
           Women`s Society

Victorian Women Doctors of World War One
                1914 - 1918

Women doctors of the British Empire were denied the right to officially enlist but these six courageous Melbourne women doctors served as surgeons and medical officers during World War One with voluntary organisations.

Their individual determination to serve, their dedication and bravery saved the lives of hundreds of soldiers on the Western and Eastern Fronts.

We honour the contribution of :

Dr Hilda Bull (Esson, Dale)     England     
Dr Vera Scantlebury (Brown)   England
Dr Rachel Champion (Shaw)  England       
Dr Helen Saxton                      France
Dr Mary De Garis                    Serbia         
Dr Isabella Younger (Rose)     England

         An inspiration to all

Source: MA
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