D'Arcy, Constance Elizabeth, (Dame) (1879-1950)

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D'Arcy, Constance Elizabeth, (Dame, DBE) (1879-1950)
D'Arcy, Constance Elizabeth, DBE (1879-1950)
D'Arcy, Constance Elizabeth (1879-1950)
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Obstetrician; Gynaecologist
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http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-775086

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Dame Constance Elizabeth D'Arcy (1879-1950), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born on 1 June 1879 at Rylstone, New South Wales, fifth daughter of Murty D'Arcy, sergeant of police, and his wife Bridget,...

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Constance D'Arcy was a distinguished obstetrician and gynaecologist, who was committed to lowering the maternal mortality rate through the control of puerperal septicaemia. An active Catholic, she contributed to both catholic and secular organisations during her life. In addition to her practice in Macquarie Street, Sydney, she was honorary surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney, and lectured in clinical obstetrics from 1925-1939 at Sydney University, where she ultimately became the first women deputy chancellor from 1943-1946. As a member of the National Council of Women, she organised its sex education program. Aware of the importance of high standards of nursing care, she was a founder of the Royal Australian Nursing Federation. As president of the Business and Professional Women's Club in Sydney in 1944, she made clear her commitment to equal pay and opportunity for women. She was appointed as Dame of the Order of the British Empire on 3 June 1935 for Services to the welfare of children. The pope honoured her with the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1940.

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(Dame) Constance Elizabeth D'Arcy became an honorary surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney in 1908 and was for many years active in improving nursing skills and maternal care. She was Lecturer in Obstetrics, University of Sydney 1925-39 and Deputy Chancellor 1943-46.

  • Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Hospital for Women in Paddington, New South Wales
  • Career position - Honorary Surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Women in Paddington
  • Career position - Opened practice in Macquarie Street, Sydney
  • Career position - Member of the Senate at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Honorary Gynaecologist at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney
  • Career position - Lecturer in Clinical Obstetrics at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - President of the Medical Women's Society of New South Wales
  • Award - Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)
  • Career position - Deputy Chancellor of the University of Sydney

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Australian Women's Register

  1. D'Arcy, Constance Elizabeth
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Constance D'Arcy
    Radi, Heather
    [Broadway, NSW]
    Published: Women's Redress Press Inc
    Series: IspartOf 200 Australian womenRadi, Heather
  3. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  4. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  5. A short history of medical women in Australia
    Morgan, Elma Sandford
    [Adelaide, S A]
    Published: E S Morgan
  6. 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology
    Radi, Heather
    [Sydney]
    Published: Women's Redress Press
  7. D'Arcy, Constance Elizabeth (1879-1951)
    Radi, Heather
    [2006]
    Published: Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography Online
  8. D'Arcy, Constance, E, The problem of maternal welfare, 1935
    [1935]
    Series: National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
    35p. Manuscript .Talk given for the Anne Mackenzie Oration
    NLA MS1331
  9. Constance Elizabeth D'Arcy - Records
    [1908 - 1946]
    Series: University of Sydney, Archives
    Information in the Senate minutes and Faculty of Medicine minutes, University of Sydney c1908-46.
  10. The problem of maternal welfare
    [35 p : 1935]
    Series: National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
    Talk given for the Anne Mackenzie Oration
    MS 1331

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. D'Arcy, Constance Elizabeth
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Dame Constance Elizabeth D'Arcy, 1879-1950
    Radi, Heather
    Published: Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004
    Series: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. Constance D'Arcy (1879-1950) obstetrician
    Radi, Heather
    Published: Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988
    Series: 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology
  4. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003
  5. D'Arcy, Dame Constance Elizabeth (1879-1950), obstetrician and gynaecologist
    Radi, Heather
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1981
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 8, 205-206
  6. Who's Who in Australia 1944
    Alexander, John A.
    Published: The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, Melbourne, 1944

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