Helen Mary MAYO
Born: 1 October 1878
Died: 13 November 1967Special Achievements:
1914 - First woman elected to a university council in Australia (Council of the University of Adelaide). Held this position continuously for 46 years.
3 June 1935 - Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil), for her contribution to maternal and child welfare.
1902 - Graduated from medicine with distinction, becoming the University of Adelaide's second female medical graduate. She topped her class in her fourth year, gaining the Davies Thomas Scholarship and repeated her success in her final year, winning the Everard Scholarship.
1906 - Started private practice, specialising in midwifery and women's and children's health.
1909 - With Lucy Morice and Harriet Stirling, opened the School for Mothers (now Child, Adolescent and Family Health Service) in Franklin Street Kindergarten, South Australia.
1913 - With Harriet Stirling, established Babies’ Hospital in Winchester Street, St Peters (Adelaide, South Australia).
1926 - Completed her MD degree by thesis, becoming a clinical lecturer in medical diseases of children at the University until 1934.
established a vaccine department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. 2001 - Inducted onto Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
(2010, March). 125 years of medical excellence. Adelaidean, Volume 19, Number 1, page 10.
Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). “Lady Doctors | The Rare Privilege of Medicine - Women Anaesthetists in Australia & New Zealand”. accessed 13 July 2020.