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Biographical entry Russell, Emmie (1892 - 1987)

18 August 1892
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
7 September 1987
Elizabeth Bay, New South Wales, Australia


Emmie Russell was an early practitioner in Australia of orthoptics, the study of eye movement and the treatment of vision disorders. After completing her training she joined the newly-established orthoptic clinic at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney. During WWII she assisted the Royal Australian Air Force training program to increase the pilots' effectiveness. Russell was active in the Orthoptic Association of Australia, being foundation President 1944 - 1947.



Education - Completed course in orthoptics, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
1933 - 1956
Career position - In private practice, Macquarie St, Sydney
Career position - Co-founder, Orthoptic Association of Australia
1944 - 1947
Career position - President, Orthoptic Association of Australia
1950 - 1951
Career position - President, Orthoptic Association of Australia
Life event - Retired
1959 - 1987
Award - Honorary Life Member, Orthoptic Association of Australia

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Park, Margaret, 'Russell, Emmie (1892-1987), Orthoptist', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2012, pp. 376-7. Details

Journal Articles

  • Anon, 'A tribute to Emmie Russell', Australian Orthoptic Journal, vol. 26, 1990, pp. 48-9. Details

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