- 22 February 1839
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
- 15 December 1919
Moreland, Victoria, Australia
- Pharmacist and Philanthropist
- Alternative Names
- Wilkinson, Sarah Ann (Birth name)
Sarah Ann George was the daughter of Thomas Wilkinson, the 'father of Brunswick', and Louisa Wilkinson. In 1856, at Geelong, at the age of seventeen, Sarah Ann married Joseph George, a pharmacist. Joseph had established a pharmacy in Sydney Road, Brunswick, in 1853, and Sarah worked with him as his assistant, eventually becoming registered as a pharmacist herself. She is believed to have been Victoria's first lady pharmacist, and one of the first to be registered. Sarah first registered in 1882, stating that she had been in business in Victoria before the required registration date of 1876. At this time, she was 43 years old, and her nine surviving children ranged in age from five to twenty-five years. Like her husband, who was a member of council and Mayor of Brunswick from 1884-5, Sarah was active in the Church of England, and interested herself in philanthropic work. She was President of the Boarding Out Committee in Brunswick for thirty years, and also of the Australian Women's National League both in Brunswick, and in Portland, where she instigated the branch.