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Scott-Young, Margery (1912 - 1997)


25 May 1912
North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
4 November 1997
Lane Cove, New South Wales, Australia


Margery Scott-Young conducted a successful practice in surgery in Sydney for twenty-five years, preceded by ten years in general practice. Graduating Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Master of Surgery from Sydney University in 1936, her first appointment was as resident medical officer at Sydney Hospital in 1936, moving to Rachel Forster Hospital in 1937 to take up the position as medical superintendent. She then assumed the position of resident medical officer at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney, from 1939-1940. Using her professional skills, she served during World War II in the Australian Army Medical Corps from 1942-1946. After her war service she returned to the Rachel Forster Hospital, initially as honorary assistant surgeon from 1946-1958 and from 1958-1972 as honorary consultant surgeon. Her other commitments included becoming a life governor of the Australian Postgraduate Federation of Medicine in 1977, president of the Australian Federation of Medical Women from 1986-1989, honorary librarian of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) New South Wales branch from 1972-1977 and vice-president of the Medical Benevolent Association of New South Wales from 1980-1983. She published a story of her life entitled Family Bugles in 1991. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1977 for Services to Medicine.

Sources used to compile this entry: Anderson, Ken, 'Obituaries: Surgeon's invincible spirit', Daily Telegraph, 14 November 1997, p. 98; Errol G. Knox (ed.), Medical directory of Australia 1980, Australasian Medical Publishing Co., Glebe, New South Wales, 1980. p. 369.; Neto, Maryanne (researcher) (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 1998, 38 edn, Information Australia Group Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1997, 1720 pp. p. 1425..

Rosemary Francis

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