Female Medical Students, 2nd year, 1894, Christina Goode(1874 -1951), Violet Plummer (1973-1962) and Gertrude Mead (1867-1919)
Photograph of female medical students (left to right) Christina Goode, Violet Plummer and Gertrude Mead in garden.
Gertrude Ella Mead(1867-1919), and Violet May Plummer (1973-1962) graduated from medicine at the University of Melbourne in 1897 and Christina Love Goode(1874 –1951) in 1898.All had commenced their studies in medicine in Adelaide.
Gertrude Ella Mead (1867-1919), trained as a nurse at the Adelaide Children's Hospital in 1890-91 and then studied medicine at the University of Adelaide; she graduated (M.B., B.S., 1897) from Melbourne. She went to Britain in 1898 for postgraduate work and spent two years abroad, as resident physician at an English children's hospital, at a Dublin women's hospital and as a house surgeon at Leith, Scotland.
In 1901 she returned to Perth she was the third woman doctor to register in Western Australia and practised from her home at Harvest Terrace, Perth. Her paramount interest was in women's and children's welfare. She was appointed to the inaugural Senate of the University of Western Australia in 1912 as a medical representative; a fellow senator recalled her as 'a small thin woman with a mild voice and manner but a keen brain'.
Violet May Plummer (1973-1962) matriculated in 1890. She gained her BSc. at the University of Adelaide in 1893 and passed her first year's medicine subjects the same year. She left for Melbourne in 1897 to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Medicine rather than at Adelaide Hospital because of the "Hospital Row" (1896-1901).
Violet achieved second class passes, and later in 1898 she was appointed resident surgeon of the Melbourne Hospital then in 1899 resident surgeon in the infirmary department of the Women's Hospital, Melbourne.Violet Plummer never married. Violet May Plummer was one of the first women from the University of Adelaide to graduate in medicine and in 1900 was the first woman General Practitioner to practise in Adelaide.
Christina Love Goode MB. BS. DPH. (1874 – 1951) married Alexander Krakowsky M.D. in 1914. She studied medicine at Adelaide University for four years and completed her degree, with honours, at Melbourne in 1898. In 1906 she was appointed senior medical officer at the West Ham Infirmary, where she had been working for four years. This was the first occasion on which a woman has been made a senior officer at any infirmary in England. They returned to Adelaide in 1916 and took up positions at the Renmark hospital. She was prominent in the Girl Guide movement and a founding member of the Adelaide Lyceum Club.
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