Dr Frances (Fanny) Gray LDS, BDS1907, (1884-1958) examining a soldier's teeth

Circa 1913
Photograph of a soldier sitting in a dentist's chair having his teeth examined by Dr Frances (Fanny) Gray (BDSc 1907) (1884-1958), the first female graduate of the Faculty of Dental Science at the University of Melbourne in 1907. There are two spittoons in the photograph and teeth moulds hanging on the wall.
There are two copies - the first photograph is mounted on card.
The second photograph is mounted onto black cardboard and framed and glazed in a redwood frame.

On the December 21, 1904, she became the first female to be awarded a Licentiate of Dental Surgery (LDS) by the Australian College of Dentistry in Melbourne and was formally registered to practice dentistry on the March 25, 1905. She became the first female graduate of the University of Melbourne’s Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) in 1907. She was one of two students to have the degree conferred to them that year, the degree having only just been introduced in 1906. Whilst studying she met fellow students, Martha Burns (1873-1970) and Freda Bage (1883-1970), who both went on to have illustrious dental and academic careers respectively in Queensland.

Frances practiced dentistry for five years, most of this time she was based at Professional Chambers 110 Collins Street. She left dentistry upon her marriage to Guy Innes on December 11, 1913. Innes was the editor-in-chief of the Herald (1918-1921) and in 1922 Frances moved to London when her husband joined the Australian Newspapers Cable Service. However, she remained listed on the Victorian Dentists Register until 1928.
Frances, who later went by Dorothy Innes, was an active member of the global social and political scenes and was a member of the executive of the British Commonwealth League (England), the Lyceum Club in London and a writer in her own right. Her dental career remained a passion and in 1950 she founded an annual prize for conservative dental surgery at the University of Melbourne.
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Object detail

Circa 1913
(.1) photograph mounted on card
(.2) framed photograph
(.1) 21.1 x 16.8 cm
(.2) 39.5 x 29.0 cm (image)
(.2) 57.3 x 47.2 cm (frame)
(.2) 48.0 x 36.5 cm (image)
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Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum Category


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