2021 History of Medicine Talk Series

When war broke out in 1914 thousands of Australian men signed up to support the Allied nations. Those5-ESHHodgson-(Anderson-family)-(1).jpg volunteers included more than 100 male doctors. Women doctors offered their services to the war effort too – but their help was bluntly rejected. In case of ambiguity newspaper notices announced that women doctors were not wanted. But that did not deter a number of enterprising Australian women doctors who travelled to Europe to do their bit.

Four of those women – Rachel Champion, Eleanor Bourne, Elizabeth Hamilton-Browne and Vera Scantlebury – joined a unique venture: Endell Street Military Hospital, in central London. Set up by two former suffragettes, Endell Street was the only hospital within the British Army to be staffed by women. Its staff treated more than 26,000 wounded shipped back from the frontline in France, Gallipoli and elsewhere throughout the war. After the war the hospital remained open to treat victims of the Spanish flu pandemic.

Wendy Moore, author of ENDELL STREET: The Women who ran Britain’s Trailblazing Military Hospital, reveals the startling story of these pioneering women. 

Wendy Moore is a freelance journalist and author of five books on medical and social history. She lives in London.


This event will be supported by Auslan interpreters.

Participants of the ANZCA and FPM CPD program may claim time under the knowledge and skills activity 'Learning sessions' at 1 credit per hour.

Cost and registration

Registration fee: Free.

College fellows, trainees, and SIMGs register here.
Visitors register here.

More information

Monica Cronin
Curator, Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History
Email: museum@anzca.edu.au

  • Date

    22 April

  • Time

    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Location

    Online, Webinar

Last updated 10:25 25.03.2021