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Browne, Grace Johnston (1900 - 1988)

MBE

Born
2 January 1900
Scotland
Died
17 December 1988
Sydney, New South Wales
Occupation
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Alternative Names
  • Browne, Grace Cuthbert
  • Cuthbert, Grace (birth name)

Summary

Grace Browne was Director of the New South Wales Division of Maternal and Baby Welfare 1937-1964 and was a part-time lecturer in Maternal and Child Health at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, University of Sydney 1946-1964. She was president of the Australian Federation of Medical Women, and also president of the Australian Federation of University Women. Grace Browne was appointed MBE - Member of The Order of the British Empire (Civil) - 13 June 1959, for her work as director of Baby Welfare in the New South Wales Health Department.

Details

Grace Cuthbert Browne was the youngest of a family of five. The family came to Australia when her father was appointed to insurance company, Sydney Marine Underwriters. The family lived in Lindfield, NSW and Grace attended Ravenswood School at Gordon from 1913 - 1917. In her own words (De Berg Tapes: National Library Tape 619) Grace described Ravenswood as "a very interesting school, the academic training was regarded as important and in those days this was exceptional." Grace completed her Leaving Certificate in 1917 and won an exhibition to Sydney University to study medicine.

She married Professor F J Browne D.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.S.Ed, F.R.C.O.G University College Hospital, University of London


MEDICAL
MB, Ch M University of Sydney
First Resident Medical Officer at RNSH
GP in country and city for 12 years
Honorary Medical Officer before 1937
Rachel Forster Hospital for Women and Children
Tresillian Mothercraft Home - Royal Society for Welfare of Mothers and Babies
Lane Cove Baby Health Centre - Dept. Public Health
Director Maternal & Baby Welfare Dept. Public Health in NSW from 1937 until retirement
Member Maternal Mortality & Perinatal Committee, Dept. Public Health (formerly secretary 1939-1965)
Member Committee on Maternal & Child Health, National Health and Medical Research Council for over 20 years
Member Child Welfare Advisory Council NSW - advisor to Minister of Health
Member Board of Social Studies until transfer to University
Member National Fitness Council NSW
Member Council Bush Nursing Association for 25 Years
Lecturer in Maternal & Child Health, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine University Sydney to 1965
Medical Officer, Grosvenor Hospital, Dept Health 1965-1970
Honorary Organiser Medical Group on Health Education with Headmistress Association Independent Girls Schools NSW
World Health Organisation travelling scholarship 1950-1951

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & ROYAL COLLEGES
Member Australian Medical Association (AMA) - Fellow 1972
Rep. Women Medical Practitioners on Council of Australian Medical Association NSW Branch 1966-1969
Member Australian Paediatric Association
Fellow Royal College Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Member Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Member Convocation: Macquarie University from 1965
Member Convocation: ANU 1975
Member Council Ravenswood School for Girls 1961- 1975
Member Aust & NZ Association for Medical Education
Member Aust Obstetrics & Gynaecological Research Society
Member Aust Council Scientific Study of Mental Retardation

COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS & SOCIETIES
International
Vice-President Medical Women's International Association
National
President Australian Federation of University Women
President Australian Federation of Medical Women
Australian Convenor Standing Committee for Health for Aust National Council of Women
State - NSW
President Public Medical Officers' Association
President Medical Women's Society NSW
President Sydney University Women Graduates Association
Vice-President Australian Physiotherapy Association (NSW)
Membership of Community Organisations
Institute of International Affairs, Arts Association Sydney University, The English Speaking Union, The Victoria League, The National Trust of Australia, The Art Gallery Society NSW, The Elizabethan Theatre Trust, The Friends of the Opera, Public Health Association, Council of Social Services, Fellow of Royal Institute of Public Administration.

CLUBS
The Queens Club, Avondale Golf Club, The Soroptimist Club of North Sydney

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Browne, Grace Cuthbert (1900 - 1988), Biographical Entry', in Bright Sparcs, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2002, http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/bsparcs/biogs/P002000b.htm; Browne, Elspeth, 'Cuthbert Browne, Grace Johnston (1900 - 1988)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A170282b.htm; Draper, W J (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 1980, 23 edn, The Herald and Weekly Times, Melbourne, 1908, 928 pp; Ravenswood Archives, 1901 - , Contact the archivist; Ravenswood School for Girls.

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Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Grace Cuthbert Browne - Records, 1908 - 1989, ML MSS 5195; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Grace Cuthbert Browne - Records, 1905 - 1972, DeB 619; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Ravenswood School for Girls

Helen Morgan and Isobelle Barrett Meyering

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