University of Melbourne Senior Anatomy Class 1908 including Mary Glowrey (1887–1957)

The Sears Studio (estab. Circa 1900, closed Circa 1950)
Taken on the lawn outside the(new) Medical school building; present: G N Lorimer, P G Shelton, K S Cross, A B McCutheon, A H Dunstan, H C Graham, W N Abbott, G S Elliott, E R Cordner, M W Rats, A M Vuille, A S Addison, W C Sawers, A H Sealenmeyer, W F Brownell, W E L H Crowther, W S Garrett, H H Griffiths, J L Selwood, W A Fraser, E D Ahern, R F England, W J Carroll, F E Keane, E J S Spring, Miss M McLerinan, Miss G C Buzzard, Miss M Glowrey, W J Clark, J E Piper, D M Embelton, G P O'Day, A M Watkins, M W Cave, W R Henderson, A S M Tymms, G Atkinson, W Hamilton, T P Noonan, Dr J S Murphy, Dr W C McKenzie, Professor R J A Berry, Dr R A Robertson, P A Parer, F W Grützner, N C Barber, I Silbermann, R A G Malcolm, C Silbermann, A B Lee, S J Newing, A McG Grant, W A Andrews, H H Woollard, B R Richards, F L Bignell, T R Edmeades.

The female students are Margaret Harkess McLorinan (1867-1946),Gertrude Clemes Buzzard and Mary Glowrey (1887–1957) .

Mary Glowrey MBBS 1910, (1887–1957)

After completing first year arts at the University of Melbourne she began studying medicine. She joined the St Vincent’s Hospital Clinical School in her fourth year, graduating with an MBBS in 1910.

Mary’s first appointment, at Christchurch Hospital, made her the first woman resident doctor in New Zealand. In 1912, she was appointed to the Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, and in 1916 she became inaugural president of the Catholic Women’s Social Guild. On reading a pamphlet on the work of Dr Agnes McLaren in India, Mary resolved to become a medical missionary. First, she undertook further study, graduating with an MD from University of Melbourne in 1919.

Mary travelled to Guntur, southern India, in 1920 and entered the Dutch order of the Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (JMJ). Two years later, Sr Mary of the Sacred Heart, as Mary was then known, began to work as a sole practitioner. She was the first nun-doctor missionary. St Joseph’s Hospital Guntur was opened within a few years. By 1929, the outpatients numbered in excess of 40,000 a year. Dr Sr Mary and the JMJ sisters began training local women. Dr Sr Mary also wrote papers against the rise of eugenics and euthanasia, and her vision extended to broader public health issues. In 1943, she founded the Catholic Health Association of India to improve health education in India and to teach Catholic principles in medical and nursing practice.

On 27 March 2013, she achieved the first of four official approvals on the path to sainthood.
Dr Sharon Wallace
MBBS 1985
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29.8 x 35.6 cm
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inscriptions ▫ recto of mount: 'UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE SENIOR ANATOMY CLASS/1908./The Sears' Studios Melbourne/G. N Lorimer, P. G. Skelton, K. S. Cross, A. B. McCutcheon, A. H. Dustan, H. C. Graham, W. N. Abbott, G.S. Elliot, E. R. Cordner, M. W. Ratz, ...' ▫ 0 - Whole
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