• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE3767

Berne, Dagmar

(1865 – 1900)
  • Born 1 January, 1865, New South Wales Australia
  • Died 22 August, 1900, Sydney New South Wales
  • Occupation Doctor


Dr Dagmar Berne was the first woman to study medicine in Australia. She gained entry to Sydney University in 1885, but was failed repeatedly by male lecturers who did not wish to see her graduate. In exasperation, she moved to London to continue her studies. Berne finally qualified as a doctor in 1893 and returned to Sydney two years later, setting up a practice in Macquarie Street. The London years took their toll on Berne, who had been forced to live in damp accommodation, subsisting on very little food. She died of tuberculosis in 1900, her thirty-fifth year.


  • 2001 - 2001

    Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

Published resources

  • Book
    • The Complete Book of Great Australian Women: Thirty-six women who changed the course of Australia, De Vries, Susanna, 2003
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