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Eleanor Constance GREENHAM

Also known as: Ella

Born: 15 April 1874

Died: 31 December 1957

Special Achievements:

1 February 1892 - First student enrolled at Ipswich Girls Grammar School.

1901 - First Queensland-born female Medical Practitioner in Queensland.

1901 - First female medical Resident Officer in Queensland (Lady Bown Hospital, Brisbane).

Additional Information:

1901 - Graduated in medicine from Sydney University.


Resources

  • Image - Eleanor Greenham

    Description: Eleanor Greenham, thought to be after Graduation Ceremony, Sydney, 1901 Date: 1901 Source: Eleanor Greenham, thought to be after Graduation Ceremony, Sydney, 1901 via Picture Ipswich, Ipswich City Council (Copyright statement) Author: Unknown author Licensing: This image is of Australian origin and is now in the public domain because its term of copyright has expired.

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  • Image - Dr. Eleanor Constance Greenham, first Queensland born woman to take a degree in medicine, ca. 1915

    Description: Creator: Unidentified Location: Queensland, Australia Description: Eleanor Constance Greenham was born on 15 April 1874 in Ipswich, Queensland. She was the daughter of John and Eleanor (nee Johnstone) Greenham. Eleanor attended Ipswich Central Girls' and Infants' School for her primary education and in 1889 and 1890 she attended the Brisbane Girls' Grammar School. In 1892 she was one of the first pupils at the newly opened Ipswich Girls' Grammar School. Eleanor enrolled in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney in 1895, in preparation for studying for a degree in medicine. She graduated in March 1901 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Master of Surgery, and became the first Queensland-born woman to practice medicine. In July 1901 she was appointed Resident Medical Officer at the Lady Bowen Hospital on Wickham Terrace, Brisbane. Eleanor was, however, intent on private practice, and, when her year's appointment at the Lady Bowen Hospital came to an end, she took rooms in City Chambers at the corner of Queen and Edward Streets where she gradually built up a successful practice among the business girls of Brisbane. Eleanor never married but was a generous supporter of her extended family. She was also one of the first women in Queensland to drive a car. In her 80th year she retired to 85 Oxlade Drive at New Farm but continued to see some of her old patients. She died on 31 December 1957 of congestive cardiac failure. Eleanor Greenham was a pioneer and by her persistence and expertise overcame many difficulties and opposition. She helped to sweep away the prejudice against medical women in the years preceding World War I. (Information taken from: Lesley M. Williams, A pioneer not a traditionalist: the life and work of Dr. Eleanor Greenham, Royal Historical Society of Queensland Journal, Vol. XV, No. 1, February 1993, p.26) View this page at the State Library of Queensland: http://hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/125308 Information about State Library of Queensland’s collection: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/resources/picture-queensland Date: 1 January 1915, 00:00:00 Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryqueensland/8862036885/ Author: State Library of Queensland, Australia Permission: At the time of upload, the image license was automatically confirmed using the Flickr API. For more information see Flickr API detail. Licensing: This image was taken from Flickr's The Commons. The uploading organization may have various reasons for determining that no known copyright restrictions exist, such as: The copyright is in the public domain because it has expired;

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  • References

    Ipswich Girls Grammar School provided 8 August 1997 A Pioneer Not a Traditionalist – The Life and Work of Dr. Eleanor Greenham, The First Native Born Woman to Practice Medicine in Queensland (9 pages), newspaper articles, and a photograph.

    Pearn, John and Cobcroft, Mervyn. (1990). Fevers and Frontiers. Brisbane: Department of Child Health, University of Queensland, Royal Children’s Hospital. Pages 138-140.

    Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School. "Heritage & Tradition". accessed 12 December 2020.

    Australian Dictionary of Biography. Williams, Lesley. "Greenham, Eleanor Constance (Ella) (1874–1957)". accessed 6 April 2021.

    The Australian Women's Register. "Greenham, Eleanor Constance (Ella) (1878 - 1957)". accessed 6 April 2021.

    Wikipedia. "Eleanor Greenham". accessed 6 April 2021.

    Ipswich Libraries. "Dr Eleanor Constance Greenham – Queensland Medical Pioneer". accessed 6 April 2021.