New state electorate honours Mater doctor

Monday, 27 November 2017

New state electorate honours Mater doctor
Regardless of the outcome, the state election on 25 November 2017 was historic—being the first state election since the Ashgrove electorate was renamed ‘Cooper’ in February 2017, in honour of Dr Lilian Cooper, who practised at Mater during the early 1900s.
 
In June 1891, Dr Cooper became the first female doctor to be registered in Queensland. She commenced working at Mater Private Hospital when it opened in 1906 and at Mater Public Hospital from its inception in 1911.
 
Upon learning that the allied forces would not allow women doctors to join the Army Medical Corp, Dr Cooper took a leave of absence from Mater in 1916 to join the Scottish Women’s Hospitals for Foreign Service.
 
Dr Cooper returned to work at Mater just prior to the end of the First World War and continued her work until the 1930s. After retiring, she lived at her home in Kangaroo Point until she passed away in 1947. The site of her home is now St Vincent’s Private Hospital.
 

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