Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

First Grammar Girl Excelled; Gifted Ipswich Student Became First Queensland-Born Woman to Become Registered as Doctor

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

First Grammar Girl Excelled; Gifted Ipswich Student Became First Queensland-Born Woman to Become Registered as Doctor

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ON APRIL 4, 1901 it was reported that a former Ipswich Girls Grammar School student had passed examinations at the Sydney University. She was the first girl to be enrolled at the IGGS in 1893.

This gifted young girl was Eleanor Greenham.

Eleanor, daughter of Mr John Greenham Jnr, gained her MB Degree and it was thought she was the first Queensland-born woman to qualify as a doctor and became registered in Queensland as Medical practitioner No. 711 on May 2, 1901.

Miss Greenham MM (bachelor of Medicine) Ch.M. (Master of Surgery) was appointed resident surgeon of the Lady Bowen Hospital Brisbane on June 18, 1901. Her Ch.M. degree had been conferred on her by the Duke of Cornwall and York while he was visiting Sydney.

The medical courses which Eleanor studied and passed over a five year period included Inorganic Chemistry, Physics, Botany and Zoology, Organic chemistry, Descriptive Anatomy, Physiology, Regional anatomy, material Medica, applied logic, Physiology Medicine, surgery, midwifery, medical Jurisprudence, Psychological Medicine, ophthmic medicine and Gynaecology.

By October 1903 Dr Greenham, with her practice already established at the Lady Bowen Hospital, intended to be available for consultations in Ipswich.

She was born on April 15, 1874 and died at her home in New Farm on December 31, 1957.

TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATON

News of Telephonic communication between Ipswich and Brisbane was released on December 22, 1898.

Terms on which the line could be used were established and were

(1) For conversations by subscribers of three minutes or less, payment of sixpence was to be made

(2) Persons not being subscribers could use the line on payment of an additional sixpence per conversation

(3) Until the Ipswich telephone line was erected only those firms or persons who had already applied for connections would be considered subscribers. …

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