Mid-Coast medical pioneer honored at National Portrait Gallery | Defender of the Great Lakes

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A terracotta bust of a pioneer woman who lived in the Great Lakes is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. Dr Joan Redshaw AM was a local pediatrician and general practitioner who practiced medicine in Nabiac from 1951, then in Tuncurry, until her death in 1994, her nephew Richard Strong explained. “She initially practiced medicine in a doctor’s office attached to the house at 75 Clarkson Street, Nabiac and when she moved to 1 Coral Avenue, Tuncurry continued medicine from this new address and also at Nabiac.”You could say it was a 24 hour medical service while she was home because all you had to do was knock on the door for medical attention,” Richard said. . “For many years she was the only doctor at Nabiac and Gordon Sanders was the only one at Forster. University of Sydney in 1944. She then completed postgraduate studies in paediatrics at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. “Returning to Australia in 1948, she became the first female ship’s surgeon to be employed by the Orient Line, performing an appendectomy on the Red Sea. On board she met Captain Arthur Strong, whom she married in 1949,” reads the exhibit label next to the bust. “A member of the Women’s Advisory Board of the NSW Premier, she spent 12 years on the board of the Australian Medical Association. emergency accommodation for women affected by domestic violence and alcoholism programmes.” The bust was sculpted by renowned Australian sculptor Barbara Tribe. There is also a street named after her in the new suburb of Coombs in the ACT (Redshaw Street), for his service to the Australian community.The family tradition of medicine continued on the Mid Coast with his nephew, Dr Simon Holliday, providing many years of dedicated service as Did you know that Great Lakes Advocate online subscribers not only have 24/7 access to local and national news, sports, current affairs and entertainment s, but they also have access to our print editions in digital format, with all the advertisements and classifieds at their fingertips.


Julia P. Cluff