• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE4356

O’Reilly, Susannah Hennessy

(1881 – 1960)
  • Born 25 January, 1881, Sydney New South Wales Australia
  • Died 18 June, 1960, Pymble New South Wales Australia
  • Occupation Medical practitioner, Obstetrician


Susie O’Reilly was a popular family doctor and renowned as an obstetrician. She was co-founder of the New South Wales Association of Registered Medical Women in 1921 and became life governor of the Rachel Forster Hospital for Women and Children in 1959.


Susie O’Reilly graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science in 1903 and followed up with a Bachelor of Medicine and Master of Surgery in 1905. Her application for a residential post at Sydney Hospital, made in January of that year, was rejected on the basis that there was no suitable accommodation for a female resident medical officer, a decision that caused much controversy in the local press.

Between 1905-07 she worked as the resident medical officer at Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Queen Victoria Hospital in Melbourne and the Royal Hospital for Women, Paddington, Sydney. She joined her father’s medical practice in Pymble, Sydney in 1908.


Published resources

Archival resources

  • Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection
    • Dowell O'Reilly - Papers, 1884-1923, with additional family papers, 1877-1944

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    • Queen Victoria Hospital (1896 - 1977)
    • Rachel Forster Hospital for Women and Children (1925 - 1963)
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