- 23 January 1853
New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia
- 30 October 1940
East Brunswick, Victoria, Australia
- Alternative Names
- Blyth, Margaret Ann (Birth Name)
Margaret Annie Bignell was the seventh daughter of William and Elizabeth Blyth, of Hobart. She became Victoria's first registered female pharmacist, and one of the first women pharmacists to conduct her own business in the state, carrying on her husband's pharmacy in Lygon Street, Carlton, after his death in 1897. She was known for apprenticing women, and was an activist for the recognition of women pharmacists. Two of her daughters entered the profession. She was a subscribing member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Victoria, and a founding member of the Women Pharmacists' Association, formed in 1905 to promote the interests of women pharmacists.
Sources used to compile this entry: Anne [i.e. Ann] Blyth - Mrs Bignell (Photograph), CRO.PHOTO CP 101; State library of Tasmania; Bomford, Janette, Victorian College of Pharmacy: 125 Years of History,1881-2006, Victorian College of Pharmacy, Monash University, Parkville, Victoria, 2006; Pharmaceutical Society of Victoria - Archives, c. 1857 - c. 1955, MS 9601; Pharmaceutical Society of Victoria; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection; Pharmacy Board of Victoria Record Series, 1877 - , Agency VA 1349; Public Record Office Victoria.