Georgina Dagmar BERNE

Also known as: Dagmar

Born: 16 November 1866

Died: 22 August 1900

Special Achievements:

Australia’s first female medical student, was admitted to the University of Sydney in 1885, however, hostility towards her caused her to complete her degree in London, returning to set up practice in Sydney’s Macquarie Street in 1895 but she died of tuberculosis five years later. Dr Berne was the second woman doctor to register with the Medical Board of New South Wales.

Additional Information:

After repeatedly failing some professional examinations, in 1890, she transferred to The London School of Medicine for Women. In 1893, she received a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries (LSA), the Scottish Triple: The Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (LRCS), the Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians (LRCP), and the Licentiate of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (LFPS).
2001 - Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.


  • Image - Dagmar Berne

    Description: Dagmar Berne, circa 1890 Date: circa 1890 Source: http://sydney.edu.au/senate/students_women_history_medicine.shtml Author: Unknown author

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  • Image - Photograph of Dagmar Berne, Doctor

    Description: This is a sample selection of the photographs from NRS9873. The series consists of photographs of doctors applying for registration as medical practitioners in New South Wales. The photographs were required by the Medical Board of New South Wales from the beginning of 1889 to assist in the future identification of those issued with a licence by the Board. Dagmar Berne was the first woman to be admitted into Medcine at the Univertsity of Sydney in 1885. Hostilty towards her however resulted in her completing her studies in Edinburgh. More information about Dagmar Berne can be found through the University of Sydney website. Title: Photograph of Dagmar Berne, Doctor Dated: No date Digital ID: 9873_a025_a025000112 Rights: www.records.nsw.gov.au/about-us/rights-and-permissions Date: 27 July 2012, 16:43 Source: Photograph of Dagmar Berne, Doctor Uploaded by Oxyman Author: Photographic Collection from Australia

    Wikimedia Commons: File:Photograph of Dagmar Berne, Doctor (7654879210).jpg

  • References

    Hope, Deborah. A date with our forgotten heroines. newspaper unknown. January 10, 1984:7.

    Witton, Vanessa. (Winter 2008). Dagmar Berne’s Story. RADIUS, 30-31.

    The Australian Women's Register. “Berne, Dagmar (1865 - 1900)”. accessed 17 March 2020.

    Wikipedia. “Dagmar Berne”. accessed 17 March 2020.

    The Dictionary of Sydney. “Berne, Dagmar”. accessed 17 March 2020.