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Biographical entry Ross, Isabella Henrietta Younger (1887 - 1956)


15 July 1887
Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
2 April 1956
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia


Isabella Ross was instrumental in establishing the first baby clinic in Victoria and became a central figure in the Victorian Baby Health Centres Association. A plaque commemorating her is at the Queen Elizabeth Maternal and Child Welfare Centre, Carlton.



Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (ChB) completed at the University Glasgow
1914 - c. 1915
Career position - Worked in the slum areas of Glasgow and Edinburgh
c. 1915 - 1917
Career position - House Physician at the Queen's Hospital for Children, London
Career position - Travelled to Australia through the USA, where she studied child welfare under Dr Herman N. Bundesen in Chicago
June 1917
Career position - Established the first Victorian baby clinic at Richmond
Career position - Became a central figure in the Victorian Baby Health Centres Association
1918 - 1950
Career position - Worked for various periods at the Children's, Royal Women's and Queen Victoria Hospitals in Melbourne, as well as in private practice
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1938 - 1940
Career position - President of the Lyceum Club

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Reiger, Kerreen M., 'Ross, Isabella Henrietta Younger (1887-1956), Medical Practitioner', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 456-457. Also available at Details

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See also

  • Alexander, John A. (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 1944, vol. 12, The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, Melbourne, 1944, 906 pp. Details

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