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Officer, Doris Lyne (1898 - 1967)


Sidcup, Kent, England
Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Medical practitioner


Doris Officer was educated at the School of Medicine for Women, Royal Free Hospital, London, graduating with an MB BS. She was also a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians. She was clinical assistant in children's outpatients, Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne 1930-1947 and medical officer, Free Kindergarten Union of Victoria from 1941. Other activities included lecturer in infant feeding and management, St George's Hospital, Melbourne 1941-1946, honorary secretary, Victorian Baby Health Centres Association from 1937, Government nominee to the Board of Management, Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital, Melbourne from 1941, a committee member for the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Associated Hospitals School of Nursing and chairman of the Hospital and Charities Waste Paper Appeal in 1957. During World War II she served for three years as honorary medical officer to the Red Cross Blood Bank, Melbourne and three years as medical officer to the Australian Women's Recruiting Depot, Melbourne. She was appointed OBE - Officer of The Order of the British Empire - 13 June 1959 as medical officer, Victoria Free Kindergarten Union.

Sources used to compile this entry: Alexander, Joseph A (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 1962, 17 edn, Colorgravure Publications, Melbourne, 1962, 960 pp; Crockett, Cheryl, 'Officer, Doris Lyne (1898-1967)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006,

Rosanne Walker

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