Heighway, Freida Ruth (1907-1963)

Also known as
Abbie, Freda (1907-1963)
Abbie, Freida Ruth (1907-1963)
Heighway, Freida Ruth, (MRCOG) (1907-1963)
Field of activity
Gynaecologist; Obstetrician
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1468364

Biographies

Andrew Arthur Abbie (1905-1976), anatomist and anthropologist, and Freida Ruth Heighway (1907-1963), gynaecologist, were husband and wife. Andrew was born on 8 February 1905 at Gillingham, Kent, England,...

View the full record at Australian Dictionary of Biography

Ruth Heighway was the first women to graduate with a MD degree from Sydney University (1939). After two years as a resident medical officer at the Royal Prince Alfred and Royal North Shore hospitals, Heighway travelled to Edinburgh then England. She worked as a resident medical officer at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester and trained in obstetrics and gynecology. She became a member, then Fellow, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gyneacologists. Returning to Sydney in 1934 she entered general practice and gained honorary appointment at the Rachel Forster Hospital for Women and Children and the Women's Hospital in Crown Street. That same year she married anatomist Andrew Abbie. In 1945 Ruth Heighway and her family moved to Adelaide where she set up a solo gynecology practice. Being the only female gynecologist in the area her practice quickly grew. During this time Heighway also held honorary appointments at the Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital, the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. She is commemorated by The Ruth Heighway Memorial Prize and Medal in obstetrics awarded by the University of Adelaide.

  • Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
  • Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
  • Career position - Resident Medical Officer at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester, UK
  • Career position - Returned to Australia to set up a private practice in Burwood, New South Wales
  • Career position - Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynogologysts (MRCOG) in London
  • Life event - Married Andrew Arthur Abbie at Moore Theological College Chapel in Newton, New South Wales
  • Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from University of Sydney
  • Life event - Moved to Adelaide
  • Career position - Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynogologysts (MRCOG), London

View the full record at Encyclopedia of Australian Science

Related people and organisations

Resources for Freida Ruth Heighway

Selected resources (4)

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Heighway, Freida Ruth (Ruth)
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Abbie, Andrew Arthur (1905-1976), Anatomist and Anthropologist, and Frieda Ruth Heighway (1907-1963), Gynaecologist
    Elmsie, Ronald; Nance, Susan
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 13, 1-2
  3. 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
  4. Who's Who in Australia 1944
    Alexander, John A.
    Published: The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, Melbourne, 1944

No user comments for this person

Add a comment


Show comments and reviews from Amazon users

Possibly related

Digitised newspapers and more

Searching...

Minimise

Diaries, letters, archives

Searching...

Minimise

Archived websites (1996 – now)

view all results

  1. Snapshots of websites, web pages and online publications about Australia and Australians collected since 1996.

    Search archived websites
    Search

Pictures, photos, objects

Searching...

Minimise

Books

Searching...

Minimise

Music, sound and video

Searching...

Minimise

People and organisations

Searching...

Minimise

Journals, articles and data sets

Searching...

Minimise

Maps

Searching...

Minimise

Lists

Searching...

Minimise

Government Gazettes

Searching...

Minimise

Archived websites (1996 – now)

No results

Minimise
  1. Abbie, A. A., (Andrew Arthur) (1905-1976)
    Anatomist; Anthropologist
    ... Heighway, Freida Ruth (Ruth) (1907 - 1963) ... Andrew Arthur Abbie (1905-1976), anatomist and anthropologist, and Freida Ruth Heighway (1907-1963 ... in London 7 November 1934 7 November 1934 Life event - Married Frieda Ruth Heighway at the Moore ...
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 41.777)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 41.777)

  1. WOMAN DR. IS FIRST AT UNI.
    Daily News (Sydney, NSW : 1938 - 1940) Saturday 16 December 1939 p 6 Article
    ... WOMAN DR. IS FIRST AT UNI. Dr. FREIDA RUTH HEIGHWAY, M.B., Ch.M., yesterday received the first ... 122 words
    • Text last corrected on 21 January 2019 by AnnieR
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 892.552)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 892.552)

  2. Doctors who Covered Themselves with Glory
    The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954) Thursday 18 September 1930 p 17 Article Illustrated
    ... wero Drs. P. S. fi'Iynn and S. G. Bradiield. Dr. Freida Ruth Heighway, who won the Dagmar Berne Prize ... . Heighway Dr. F. S. Flynn Dr. K. W. Sturr covered himself with glory ill the recent medical ex aminations ... 115 words
    • Text last corrected on 21 January 2019 by AnnieR
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 106.41)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 106.41)

  3. Family Notices
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Thursday 25 March 1954 p 20 Family Notices
    ... father of Catherine Freída and Betty fond grandfather of Francis George Geoffrey christine Jennifer and ... late William Willi* and Mrs K Willis and sister oí Herman NOBLE, Ruth Eunice.—March 23, 1954, of ... 5176 words
    • Tagged as: Folkes
    • Text last corrected on 29 July 2019 by karenw
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 13.213)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 13.213)

  1. LEGALLY QUALIFIED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 10 October 1930 [Issue No.152] p 4007

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... Patrick, M.B., B.S., 1930, Univ. Sydney (259 Walker-street, North Sydney). 5321. H'eighway, Freida Ruth, M ... 846 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 25.043)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 25.043)

  2. LEGALLY QUALIFIED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 12 November 1954 [Issue No.185] p 3442

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... Ruth Heighway. ■' ' / 5765. James Marshall Henderson. 5268. Joseph Thomas Henry. / /' ' / * 5992 ... 8268. Ruth. Helen Green. ' ' ^ 5281. William Herbert Green. X 2302. Eleanor Constance Greenham ... 1780 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.824)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.824)

  3. REGISTER OF NURSES FOR 1927.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 29 June 1928 [Issue No.85 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 3045

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... , Tasmania. Armstrong, Mary Louise, Nurses' Club, 7 Rockwall-cres-cent, Sydney. Anrnheim, Ada Ruth, c.o. Mrs ... -road, Cremorne. Ayling, Leila Ruth, 101 Taylor-street, Armidale. Aynsley, Hilda Esther, Manly Cottage Hospital ... 50110 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.695)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.695)

Pictures, photos, objects

No results

Minimise

Music, sound and video

No results

Minimise

Lists

No results

Minimise

Maps

No results

Minimise
  1. The anatomy of Hypsiprymnodon moschatus / by Freida Ruth Heighway
    Heighway, Freida Ruth
    [ Thesis : 1939 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 573.235)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 573.235)

  2. [Papers on physical anthropology 1930-78]
    Abbie, A. A. (Andrew Arthur), 1905-1976
    [ Book : 1930 ]
    Possibly online
    At Barr Smith Library
    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0.046)

    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0.046)

Journals, articles and data sets

No results

Minimise