Woman War Doctor: The Life of Mary De Garis


Book Information

Release date 2014-07-01
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781925003420
ISBN10 1925003426

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One of the first generation of the¬†women ‘medicals’ to graduate from Melbourne University, Mary De Garis was a pioneering doctor in the early 20th century. Of an established Mildura family, she practised in the Outback before serving in World War One as a doctor in Serbia.

After the War she settled in Geelong where, beloved by generations of women, she was the city’s first female obstetrician, providing safe childbirth before the advent of antibiotics and blood transfusions. Her life and loves and the struggles she faced as a leader in her field are the subject of this fascinating biography.


Ruth’s book received a commendation at the Victorian Community History Awards 2015 in the category of Centenary of World War One.

Author information

Ruth Lee


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