Areas of Interest Guide: Eleanor Bourne

This is grave number 8B-142. These ‘areas of interest’ are marked on the entry signs in the cemetery.

Eleanor Bourne
The Bourne grave.

Eleanor (1878-1957) was born at South Brisbane, and in 1896 became the first Queensland woman to study medicine. She graduated from Sydney University as Bachelor of Medicine and Master of Surgery in 1903. During 1903-07 she was the resident medical officer at the Women’s Hospital, Sydney, the Brisbane General Hospital, and also at the Hospital for Sick Children, Brisbane. She became the first medical officer in the Department of Public Instruction in 1911, and then served as a lieutenant of the Royal Army Medical Corps in London, being promoted to major in 1917.

After working in England for 20 years Eleanor returned to Brisbane. She died in the Nundah Private Hospital in May 1957.

Eleanor Bourne
Eleanor Bourne.

Read moreEleanor Elizabeth Bourne (Australian Dictionary of Biography)

Nearby ‘Areas of Interest’

Thomas Blacket Stephens (mayor and businessman) – Portion 10A
Arthur Francis (Bubonic Plague victim) – Portion – Portion 8B
Hodgen family grave (childhood deaths) – Portion 8A
Joseph Espie Dods (doctor and war hero) – Portion 9A
Jane Hockings (first burial in the cemetery) – Portion 8A
Shiskoffs (Russian graves) – Portion 5C
Executed Prisoners – Portion 6B
Patrick Kenniff (hanged for murder) – Portion 6B