Portrait of Clara Stone (1860-1957)
Stone wears a high lace collar and neck brooch
On graduation day 1891, in the hall at the University of Melbourne, Margaret Whyte and Clara Stone were given a rousing reception from the audience. They were the first women graduates of Melbourne Medical School.
Clara Stone went into private practice with her sister Constance Stone (1856-1902), the first woman to practice Western medicine in Australia, Constance had trained overseas, and Clare joined her at the free dispensary which saw more than 2000 women in the first three months.
These first female medical students were admitted to the Melbourne Medical
School in 1887, eight years after women were first admitted to the University of Melbourne and before women had the right to vote. The first seven female medical students were Clara Stone, Margaret Whyte,Grace Vale, Elizabeth O’Hara, Helen Sexton, Lilian Alexander and Annie O’Hara.
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