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Greenham, Eleanor Constance (1878 - 1957)


15 April 1878
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
31 December 1957
New Farm, Queensland, 1957
Medical Practitioner


Eleanor Constance Greenham was the first native-born Queensland woman to graduate in medicine. The first student to be enrolled at Ipswich Girls Grammar School in 1892, she excelled academically, graduating from the University of Sydney in 1901. Later that year she began work as a resident medical officer at Lady Bowen Hospital in Brisbane, before leaving to work in a private practice in 1903. Paving the way for other Queensland women in the field of medicine, the Queensland Medical Women's Society elected Greenham to honorary membership in 1945, as well as being made an honorary member of the British Medical Association (Queensland Branch) in 1953 for fifty years of uninterrupted membership.

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Courier Mail, 13 December 1890, p. 5', 1890; Courier Mail, 11 March 1904, p. 6, 1904; Williams, L., 'A pioneer not a traditionalist: the life and work of Dr. Eleanor Greenham', in Penberthy, P. and Liddle, P. (eds.) (eds), Women in History, Places of Purpose, The Australian Institute of Women's Research and Policy, Griffith university, Nathan, 1992; Williams, L., 'Greenham, Eleanor Constance (1874 - 1957)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, Canberra, 2006,

Archival resources

Ipswich Girls' Grammar School Archives

  • Ipswich Girls Grammar School Archives; Ipswich Girls' Grammar School Archives. Details

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Women's College; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

The Women's College, University of Sydney

Lee Butterworth

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