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Biographical entry O'Reilly, Susannah Hennessy (1881 - 1960)

25 January 1881
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
18 June 1960
Pymble, New South Wales, Australia
Physician and Obstetrician


Susannah O'Reilly was a popular family doctor and obstetrician. Her application for a residential post at Sydney Hospital was rejected in January 1905 on the grounds that there was no suitable accommodation for a female resident medical officer, although she was an honours graduate and fourth in her year. She was also a knowledgeable bushwalker and botanist.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB), Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the University of Sydney
1905 - 1907
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne and the Royal Hospital for Women in Paddington, Sydney
1908 - 1948
Career position - Joined her father's practice and worked there until her retirement
Career position - Co-founder of the New South Wales Association of Registered Medical Women
1926 - 1941
Career position - Consulting Physician at the Rachel Forster Hospital for Women and Children
Life event - Retired
1959 - 1960
Career position - Life Governor of the Rachel Forster Hospital for Women and Children

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Mitchell, Ann M.; Steven, Margaret, 'O'Reilly, Susannah Hennessy (1881-1960), Medical Practitioner', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 95-96. Also available at Details

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