Berne, Dagmar

First female student to study medicine in Australia, who, during her short life, pioneered women's health services in Sydney.

Milestone
Born
Bega, New South Wales
16 Nov 1866
Died
Trundle, New South Wales
21 Aug 1900
Buried
Trundle
23 Aug 1900
Buried
Mar 1909
Name
Birth
Berne, Georgina Dagmar
Commemorated by
Occupation
Position
1882
1884 - 1890
1899
Relationship
Child of
Sibling

Berne, Dagmar

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Dagmar Berne was the first female student of medicine at Sydney University and a pioneering doctor. Confronted by prejudice, she was obliged to travel overseas to qualify. She gained world-class degrees and was feted on her return to Sydney, yet was denied access to employment in general hospitals. She established a private practice, lectured, and worked with women's organisations to progress women's health in Sydney, before tuberculosis forced her to move to Springwood, and then Trundle, where she died suddenly in 1900