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Grace Matilda Hetty Russell

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Full length seated portrait of Grace Russell, later Grace de Courcy, the second New Zealand woman to qualify as a doctor, in graduation gown, photographed in Brussels in 1898. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1050-2. Restrictions on use may apply.

Full length seated portrait of Grace Russell, later Grace de Courcy, the second New Zealand woman to …

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    Grace Matilda Hetty AWMM
  • Surname
    Russell AWMM
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    De Courcy AWMM
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    Female AWMM
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    1874 AWMM
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    1919 AWMM Married AWMM

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    Army AWMM
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    Unknown AWMM Medical practitioner AWMM
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  • Daughter of John Benjamin Russell. Husband of Nevison De Courcy

    2nd woman from New Zealand to qualify as a doctor. Trained in Brussels.

    Originally from Auckland she worked for the International Quarantine Commission in the Suez and the Egyptian Public Health Service pre-WWI; treated injured Anzac soldiers bought in troop ships to Egypt during World War I AWMM

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    1967 AWMM
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  • Dr Grace Russell was one of more than twenty pioneering Australian and New Zealand women doctors who sidestepped the official policy of denying them the right to enlist to work as surgeons, pathologists and medical officers during WWI. A colleague of Dr Agnes Bennett, they both worked to relieve the suffering of wounded soldiers arriving from the Gallipoli Peninsula.
    Public - Heather - Researcher - 29 March 2015

Sources

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    Papers Past. Digital New Zealand Newspapers.
    http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast
    Sources Used
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    • Poverty Bay Herald (Gisborne) AWMM
      Volume XXXVIII, Issue 12427, 10 April 1911, Page 4 AWMM
    • Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand. Wellington, N.Z.: Watkins. AWMM
      p. 103 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
    • Russell family history. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-591-3. AWMM
    • Harper, G., Clements, C., & Johns., R. (2019). For King and Other Countries: The New Zealanders Who Fought in Other Services in the First World War. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press. AWMM
      p. 94 AWMM

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