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(Dr.) Margaret Mary Henderson 1


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4 generations

Photograph provided by Dr Margaret Henderson (pictured).

(centre)Grannie Dowdell (Martha Dowdell nee Marshall),
(left to right) Jessie Isobel Henderson (nee Dowdell),
Rev Kenneth Thorne Henderson and Dr Margaret Henderson.

Grannie Dowdell, Jessie Isobel Henderson, Rev Kenneth Thorne Henderson and Dr Margaret Henderson

Newspaper article on Margaret Henderson - Young Doctor Returns


Woman 's Realm


Miss M. Henderson's Success.

DR. Margaret Henderson returned
to her home in Perth by the West-
land express yesterday morning after
completing her medical course at Mel-
bourne University. After winning the
modern languages exhibition from the
Presbyterian Ladies' College, she then be-
gan her course at the University of West-
ern Australia and later shared three ex-
hibitions in anatomy, physiology and
pathology in Melbourne. She concluded
her course in distinguished fashion this
year by sharing the Douglas Stephens
Prize for Diseases of Children with Dr.
Karl Georgeff, shortly to be a resident
doctor at Perth Hospital, sharing the
Heaney Scholarship in surgery with first
class honours and also gaining honours
in medicine and gynaecology with third
place among this year's graduates.
Asked whether women students were
handicapped in any way on account of
their sex, Dr. Henderson replied in the
negative, saying that they were treated
on a par with the men students and given
equal chances. About 10 per cent of the
medical students were women and taking
the results on the whole, women were

more successful than men. Most women
doctors, Dr. Henderson said, did not en-
counter any prejudice where sex was con-
cerned until after they had started in
general practice. In the larger public
hospitals, however, no discrimination
whatever was being made where the em-
ployment of men and women was con-
There was no reason why a prejudice
should exist, Dr. Henderson maintained,
and the fact that a student was a woman
should in no way be a bar to her suc-
cess in almost any sphere of medicine,
providing that her physical and mental
capabilities were up to the standard re-
quired for men. Dr. Henderson consid-
ered that in the next 20 years or so, it was
probable that the bulk of gynaecologlcal
and obsteric work would fall into the
hands of women doctors.
Although not what one might term an
ultra-feminist, Dr. Henderson does main-
tain that if university graduates marry,
the right should not be denied them to
continue with their jobs If they so de-
sire. "I think that if the jobs are not
retained, assets which the State cannot
afford to lose are being wasted," she said.
"In any case, it costs the State a cer-
tain amount for the course, as the fees
do not cover all expenses, and the suc-
cessful student is left with more or less
of a liability which he or she should use
to the best of advantage." Every gradu-
ate, Dr. Henderson said, should be con-
scious of her responsibility to the com-
munity. When a woman married and
continued her job, she often created em-
ployment for other people and usually
employed domestic workers in her own
home to do work for, which she herself
had not been trained and was not suited.
Dr. Henderson has as yet made no de-
finite decisions regarding her future. She
hopes to return to Melbourne in February
in order to gain experience. She finds
children's work most attractive and also
considers pathology as a suitable field for
women. There were several successful
women pathologists in Melbourne, she
said, foremost among them being Dr. Hilda
Gardiner, haematologist at the Melbourne

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Newspaper article on Margaret Henderson - The Ormonde

The Ormonde
Many Children Arrive By
The Ormonde
The first ship to arrive in Australia from Great Britain after having
been specially refitted for the carriage of migrants, the liner Ormonde
arrived at Fremantle yesterday. She had 1,085 passengers, almost
all of whom are intending settlers in Australia. Those disembarking
totalled 108.
Many of the migrants aboard the
Ormonde were children, and there
were five official parties of child mi-
grants under different schemes as
well as many children travelling
with their parents. Altogether there
were 291 children under the age of
12 years aboard the ship. That
they were popular with the crew is
shown by the action of the men in
paying for a prize, consisting of a
packet of sweets, a bar of chocolate
and a postcard of the ship, for each
one of them at a children's fancy
dress party held during the voyage.
Of those who landed at Fremantle,
88 were children who came under
the Roman Catholic migration
scheme. Aged from five to
14 years, they are from orphan-
ages in Scotland and England,
and were bound for various Roman
Catholic institutions in Western Aus-
tralia. They travelled under the
care of the Rev. Father R. Rogers,
who is on his way from London-
derry, Northern Ireland, to Tas-
mania, where he will do parish
work. He was assisted aboard the
ship by Dr. J. A. McCluskie, a psy-
chiatrist who, with his wife and four
children, intends to live in this State,
and by two Sisters and four nurses.
After landing, the children were
accorded a reception at St. Patrick's
Hall, Fremantle.
Among those welcoming a party
travelling under the Fairbridge Farm
Schools scheme was Mrs. Kingsley
Fairbridge, widow of the founder of
the scheme. There were 12 girls and
16 boys under this scheme, all going
to the farm school at Molong
(N.S.W.) The Rev. C. A. Guest,
who is travelling in charge of them,
said that this was the first lot of
Fairbridge children to come to Aus-
tralia since 1940. Another party
was expected to leave England next
month, probably again for Molong.
He could not say when a party for
the school in Pinjarra was likely to
leave Britain.
While the Ormonde was in port,
the Fairbridge party was entertained
by local Old Fairbridgeans, including
Mrs. Kingsley Fairbridge and one of
her sons (Dr. Rhodes Fairbridge).
During the morning they were taken
by bus to the South Perth zoo, and
then had lunch in picnic fashion in
King's Park.
Twenty boys and 18 girls arrived
under the Dr. Barnardo's Homes
scheme, bound for New South
Wales. Mr. W. Allen, a member of
the staff of the organisation in Lon-
don, is travelling in charge of the
party, and he said that this was the
first party of Barnardo children to
leave Britain since the war. Aged
from eight to 16 years, most of them
had had training in farm work.
Another party was expected to come
out soon. Dr. Barnardo's Homes
had already sent 5,000 children to
Australia and 26,000 to Canada, Mr.
Allen said.
Boy scouts and girl guides com-
bined to entertain the Barnardo
party yesterday, and before rejoin-
ing the ship they spent some time at
the Fremantle Y.M.C.A.
More young people for farms in
New South Wales are 22 Little
Brothers travelling under the Big
Brother scheme. Many of them had
been farming in England, said the
Rev. S. S. Ashfold, who is travelling
in charge of them. They are aged
16 and 17 years, and are the second
party under this scheme since the
war. Mr. Ashfold is a member of
the Brotherhood of the Good Shep-
herd at Dubbo (N.S.W.) and is re-
turning after 12 months' leave of
absence in Britain.
The Little Brothers were cared
for by members of the Victoria
League while the Ormonde was in
Dr. Margaret Henderson, an old
girl of Presbyterian Ladies' College,
    Peppermint Grove, and a graduate
in medicine of the University of
Melbourne, is travelling as assistant
surgeon aboard the Ormonde, and
is also in charge of a party of 40
children under the Children's Over-
seas Reception Board scheme.
About half of these were evacuee
children during the war. Of the
total, 25 are for Melbourne, five for
Adelaide, three for Sydney and
seven for Brisbane. They were
entertained by members of the
Overseas League.
One of the Brisbane boys. Ray-
mond Willocks (15), was stricken
with acute appendicitis during the
voyage, and on the day before the
ship reached Colombo an operation
was necessary. Dr. Henderson per-
formed the operation herself, with
the assistance of other members of
the ship's staff, and is one of very
few women to have operated for
appendicitis at sea. She is a daugh-
ter of the Rev. Kenneth Henderson,
director of religious broadcasts of
the Australian Broadcasting Com-
mission. She has recently been do-
ing post-graduate work in London
and Switzerland.
Of the adult migrants, about 130
are building tradesmen and their
Some of the 1,085 passengers who arrived at Fremantle by the Ormonde yesterday from England.
Most of them intend to settle in Australia. The decks were lined as they had their first glimpse of
a new country.
families going to Sydney for W. J.
Ritchie and Co. Ltd., a Sheffield
firm which has obtained a contract
to build houses at Herne Bay for
the N.S.W. Housing Commission.
Mr. J. E. Smith, manager of the
company, said that Mr. Ritchie, its
principal, would shortly fly to Aus-
tralia, to which a large part of his
business would be transferred. The
first contract, which was a result of
Mr. Ritchie's visit to Australia last
May, was for 100 houses, and it was
expected that further contracts
would be signed. Every trade asso-
ciated with building of houses was
represented by the 50 skilled trades-
men in the party.
The newcomers were welcomed
aboard the ship by Senator Tangney,
representing the Minister for Im-
migration (Mr. Calwell), and by Mr.
E. M. Davies, M.L.C., and the pre-
sident of the Fremantle district
council of the A.L.P. (Mr. G. W.
Harris). They spoke over the loud-
speaker system of the vessel. At
the reception at St Patrick's Hall
the Minister for Lands and Im-
migration (Mr. Thorn) and the
Under-Secretary for Lands (Mr. H.
E. Smith) also took part in
the welcome.

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