Salome Jean WHITE

Also known as: Dr Jean White

Born: 1905

Died: 15/07/1974

Special Achievements:

1937 - First woman Flying Doctor, Dr Jean White, was appointed by John Flynn, based at Normanton and Croydon Hospitals servicing Queensland's Gulf Country. She travelled thousands of kilometers in a Fox Moth bi-plane visiting station people or Aboriginal communities, having never flown in a plane before. She returned to her private Melbourne practice in 1939.

Additional Information:

Australian Inland Mission Aerial Medical Service April 1937 - August 1939 in Far North Queensland.

Resident Medical Officer in Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney.

Private Practice, Melbourne.


  • Image - Dr. Jean White, flying doctor at Normanton

    Description: Members of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and friends picnicing at Cloncurry, 1937 Dr. Jean White, flying doctor at Normanton; Mrs Simpson, Dr. Simpson's (photographer) wife; Rev. Fred McKay, A.I.M. Patrol Padre; Dr. Gordon Albury, flying doctor at Cloncurry; Rev. John Flynn, founder and A.I.M. superintendent; Mrs. Jean Flynn, his wife and former secretary. (Description supplied with photograph). Picnicking on a tartan travel rug at Cloncurry in 1937. Date: 1937 Source: Item is held by John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Author: Simpson, George, Dr.

    Wikipedia: File:StateLibQld 2 185175 Members of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and friends picnicing at Cloncurry, 1937.jpg

  • References

    Rudolph, Ivan. (2001). Flynn's Outback Angels Volume I Casting the Mantle. Rockhampton, Queensland: Queensland University Press. Chapter 12 --- Flynn’s First Woman Flying Doctor – Jean White, pp. 195-215.

    Wikipedia. "Jean White (physician)".

    Women of the North. "Dr Jean White – Australia’s first female flying doctor".

    The Big Smoke. "The three women behind the Royal Flying Doctor Service". accessed 1 March 2021.