Macnamara, Jean, (Dame) (1899-1968)

Also known as
Connor, Annie Jean (1899-1968)
Connor, Jean (1899-1968)
Macnamara, Annie Jean, (Dame, DBE) (1899-1968)
Macnamara, Annie Jean, (Dame) (1899-1968)
Macnamara, Annie Jean, (DBE) (1899-1968)
Macnamara, Annie Jean (1899-1968)
Field of activity
Medical Scientist; Medical scientist
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Biographies

Dame Annie Jean Macnamara (1899-1968), medical scientist, was born on 1 April 1899 at Beechworth, Victoria, second daughter of Victorian-born parents John Macnamara, clerk of courts, and his wife Annie,...

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Jean Macnamara, born in 1899 at Beechworth, Victoria, and a graduate of the University of Melbourne, was a physician at the Children's Hospital Melbourne in 1922 and 1923, a consultant and medical officer to the Poliomyelitis Committee of Victoria 1925-1931, and medical officer, Yooralla Hospital School for Crippled Children 1928-1951. During 1931-1933 she held the Rockefeller Foundation travelling scholarship, furthering her studies on poliomyelitis. While in America she learnt about the virus myxomatosis and it was largely due to her efforts that the Australian Government held field trials testing the virus as a means to eradicating Australia's rabbit problem. She was on the part-time staff of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research 1933-1937. As Mrs Annie Jean Connor (she married Dr Ivan Connor in 1934), she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to the welfare of children in 1935, and was known as Dame Jean Macnamara.

  • Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

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Dame Jean Macnamara (later Connor) was a physician at the Children's Hospital Melbourne from 1923, a consultant and medical officer to the Poliomyelitis Committee of Victoria 1925-1931, and the Medical Officer, Yooralla Hospital School for Crippled Children 1928-1951.

  • Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the Melbourne Hospital
  • Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the Children's Hospital, Melbourne
  • Career position - Entered private practice
  • Career position - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Consultant in Infantile paralysis to the Poliomyelitis Committee of Victoria
  • Career position - Honorary Medical Officer in the Physiotherapy Department at the Children's Hospital, Melbourne
  • Career position - Honorary Medical Officer at the Yooralla Hospital for Crippled Children
  • Career position - Honorary Advisor on polio to official authorities in New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania
  • Career position - Travelled to England and North America on a Rockefeller Fellowship
  • Career position - Worked at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (part-time)
  • Award - Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)
  • Career position - Member of the Consultative Council for Polio
  • Career position - Member of the Consultative Council for Polio
  • Career position - Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD (Hon)) received from the University of Melbourne

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Related people and organisations

Australian Women's Register

  • (Person) Littlejohn, Jean (1899 - 1990)

    <p>Annie Macnamara and Jean Littlejohn attended University together.</p>

  • (Organisation) Presbyterian Ladies' College, Melbourne (1875 - )

Resources for Jean Macnamara

Selected resources (23)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Macnamara, Annie Jean
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Macnamara, Annie Jean (1899 - 1968), Biographical Entry
    [2002]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Series: IspartOf Bright Sparcs
  3. Obituary - Annie Jean Macnamara
    Upjohn, William
    [1970]
    Series: IspartOf The Medical Journal of Australia
  4. Macnamara, Dame Annie Jean (1899-1968)
    Smith, Ann G.
    [2006]
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography
  5. No Standing Back: Dame Jean Macnamara
    Sherratt, Tim
    [1993]
    Series: IspartOf Australiasian Science
  6. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  7. 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology
    Radi, Heather
    [Broadway, NSW]
    Published: Women's Redress Press
  8. 150 years, 150 stories: brief biographies of one hundred and fifty remarkable people associated with the University of Melbourne
    Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Department of History, University of Melbourne
  9. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  10. Technology in Australia 1788-1988
    Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    [2000]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  11. Papers of Jean Macnamara, [ca. 1920]-1968 [manuscript]
    [6.9 m : c. 1920 - 1968]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    A collection of correspondence, press cuttings, case histories, appointment books, sketches, articles, etc. relating to the life and career of Dr Jean Macnamara. There is a large amount of published material much of which consists of Dr Macnamara's own writings. There is also a considerable volume of material relating to her interest in the eradication of rabbits by the introduction into Australia of the virus disease, myxomatosis. She was largely responsible for persuading the Australian Government to hold field trials using myxomatosis. Other fields of interest represented in the collection include orthopaedics, research into polio, and animal diseases which have some relationship to human beings and to domestic animals. Also included are several folders of letters written by Dr Macnamara to her family while she was overseas on a Rockefeller Foundation travelling scholarship from 1931-1933.
    MS 2399

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Macnamara, Annie Jean
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Macnamara, Dame Annie Jean (1899-1968), Medical Scientist
    Smith, Ann G.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 10, 345-347
  3. No Standing Back: Dame Jean Macnamara
    Sherratt, Tim
    Published: 1993
    Series: Australasian Science, Summer
  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. Jean Macnamara (1899-1968) medical scientist
    Smith, Ann G.
    Published: Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988
    Series: 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology
  6. The Dame: the life and times of Dame Jean Macnamara, medical pioneer
    Zwar, Desmond
    Published: Macmillan, South Melbourne, 1984
  7. Annie Jean Connor (née Macnamara)
    Upjohn, William
    Published: 1970
    Series: Medical Journal of Australia, 1970, 2, 472-6
  8. Lionel Bately Bull, 1889-1978
    French, E. L. and Stewart, D.F.
    Published: 1983
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 5, 4, 90-110
  9. Australasian Science
    Published: Australian Science Archives Project, 1997
  10. Centenaries of Australian Science
    Evans, Joanne; McCarthy, Gavan; Stephens, Robin
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, AustehcWeb, Melbourne, 1999
    Series: Discovery and Endeavour: Celebrating Australian Science
  11. Who's Who in Australia 1944
    Alexander, John A.
    Published: The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, Melbourne, 1944
  12. Technology in Australia 1788-1988
    Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 2000

Resources by Jean Macnamara (8)

  1. Papers of Jean Macnamara
    Macnamara, Jean, Dame, 1899-1968
    [ Unpublished : 1920-1968 ]
    At National Library
    Papers of Jean Macnamara
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  2. Dame Jean Macnamara; a guide to her papers : in the National Library of Australia
    National Library of Australia. Manuscript Section
    [ Book : 1971 ]
    At 4 libraries
    Dame Jean Macnamara; a guide to her papers : in the National Library of Australia
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  3. The treatment of the paralyses of poliomyelitis / by Jean MacNamara
    Macnamara, Jean Dame, 1899-1968
    [ Book ]
    At RACP Library
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  4. Report on poliomyeloencephalitis for the Federal Council of the British Medical Association in Australia / by Jean MacNamara
    Macnamara, Jean Dame, 1899-1968
    [ Book : 1934 ]
    At RACP Library
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  5. Serum therapy in acute poliomyelitis / by Jean MacNamara
    Macnamara, Jean Dame, 1899-1968
    [ Book ]
    At RACP Library
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  6. Research : the magnificent gift to child health and happiness / by Ian Jeffreys Wood
    Wood, Ian J. (Ian Jeffreys), 1903-1986
    [ Book : 1972 ]
    At RACP Library
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  7. A catalog of types of Coleoptera in the Canadian National Collection of Insects. Catalogue des types de Coléoptères de la Collection nationale des insectes du Canada. Jean McNamara
    Macnamara, Jean Dame, 1899-1968
    [ Book : 1993 ]
    Languages: English;French, [1 other]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
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    At State Library VIC
    A catalog of types of Coleoptera in the Canadian National Collection of Insects. Catalogue des types de Coléoptères de la Collection nationale des insectes du Canada. Jean McNamara
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  8. Papers
    Douglas, G. W. (Geoffrey William), 1925-1985
    [ Unpublished : 1862-1980 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  1. [Biographical cuttings on Jean Macnamara, former researcher into poliomyelitis, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Papers of Jean Macnamara
    Macnamara, Jean, Dame, 1899-1968
    [ Unpublished : 1920-1968 ]
    At National Library
    Papers of Jean Macnamara
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  3. Dame Jean Macnamara; a guide to her papers : in the National Library of Australia
    National Library of Australia. Manuscript Section
    [ Book : 1971 ]
    At 4 libraries
    Dame Jean Macnamara; a guide to her papers : in the National Library of Australia
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  4. A broader vision : Macfarlane Burnet, Jean MacNamara, Ian Clunies Ross : 2 September to 24 October 1999 / National Portrait Gallery; Australian Institute of Political Science
    National Portrait Gallery (Australia)
    [ Book : 1999 ]
    At 4 libraries
    A broader vision : Macfarlane Burnet, Jean MacNamara, Ian Clunies Ross : 2 September to 24 October 1999 / National Portrait Gallery; Australian Institute of Political Science
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  5. The Dame : the life and times of Dame Jean Macnamara, medical pioneer / [Desmond Zwar]
    Zwar, Desmond, 1931-
    [ Audio book, Book : 1984-2006 ]
    At 42 libraries
    The Dame : the life and times of Dame Jean Macnamara, medical pioneer / [Desmond Zwar]
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  6. A guide to his papers held in the National Library of Australia / National Library of Australia
    National Library of Australia. Manuscript Section
    [ Book : 1970-1974 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  1. Current Events Dr. Jean Macnamara.
    The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Tuesday 10 November 1931 p 4 Article
    ... Current Events Dr. Jean Macnamara. Dr. Jean Macnamara, who -left Melbourne 111 August to undertake ... , from Sweden, was elected viee-chiiii'iimn, and acted as chairman at one of the first sessions. Dame ... 1254 words
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  2. RABBIT DESTRUCTION Dame Jean MacNamara Urges More State Help
    Gippsland Times (Vic. : 1861 - 1954) Monday 30 July 1951 p 1 Article
    ... RABBIT DESTRUCTION Dame Jean MacNamara Urges More State Help Dame Jean MacNamara, a leading ... problems facing the primary producer," Dame MacNamara said. "If the city housewife realised that part of ... 152 words
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  3. MEDICAL STUDENTS. Addressed by Dr. Jean Macnamara.
    The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Thursday 11 July 1935 p 6 Article
    ... Medical Students' Society, Dr. Jean Macnamara, M.D. (Dame Jean Connor) , addressed a large gathering of ... MEDICAL STUDENTS. Addressed by Dr. Jean Macnamara. At the Invitation of Melbourne University ... 116 words
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    ... , Ecedralla, Tinton-avenue, Ryde. Allardice, Jean Melba, District Hospital, Wagga Wagga. Alldritt, Dorothy ... ton, New South Wales. Anderson, Isla Lilian, Marama, Roseville-avenue, Rose ville. Anderson, Jean ... 74422 words
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    ... Australian Trained Nurses' Association 1932-33 MACNAMARA PLACE Annie Jean MacNamara, D B E (1899-1968) Doctor ... Ann Creal (1865-1921) Matron, Sydney Hospital from 1899; founding member and councillor of the Trained ... 12629 words
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