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Biography of Isabella Henrietta Younger

Isabella Henrietta Younger Matriculation slip 1913-14
Isabella Henrietta Younger Matriculation slip 1913-14

Isabella Henrietta Younger graduated MB ChB from the University in 1914.

She was born in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia, in 1888, daughter of John, a landowner.

Younger had started her medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 1909, and continued her studies at the University of Glasgow in 1911. Having studied and passed exams in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry at Melbourne University, Faculty decided that she would be exempt from sitting these exams in Glasgow, and so she studied for three years and graduated in 1914 at the age of 25.

Younger achieved several class prizes throughout the academic year 1912-1913, winning second class certificates in Practical Physiology, Anatomy and Embryology.

Upon graduating in 1914, Younger remained in Scotland for several years practicing medicine in the deprived areas of Edinburgh and Glasgow. She spent time as a house physician at Queen's Hospital for Children in London, where she married John Ross, a Melbourne merchant, in 1916. They returned to Australia in 1917, and Younger studied child welfare briefly in Chicago.

Through her experiences in Scotland, Younger's interest in women’s and children’s health saw her publish two books, Feeding the Child - All Ages and The Happy Mother and Child upon her return to Melbourne.

Younger's passion for infant welfare saw her become a prominent figure in Victoria’s medical care system. She was a benefactor of the Victoria Clinic, which opened in Richmond, Victoria, in 1918. Furthermore she was heavily involved with the Victoria Baby Health Centres Association and is regarded as a central figure in Victoria’s Children’s Hospital, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Queen Victoria’s Hospital.

Isabella Henrietta Ross died in South Yarra, Melbourne, on 2 April 1956.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • DC183/11 General Council Register 1925
  • MED 5/2/9
  • R3/1/1 Register of dates of birth of graduates Vols.I-III 1881-1915
  • R8/5/32/11 Matriculation Slips 1911-1912 Women N - Y
  • R8/5/33/11 Matriculation Slips 1912-1913 Women N - Y
  • R8/5/34/11 Matriculation Slips 1913-1914 Women N - Y


Isabella Henrietta Younger
Born 15 July 1888.
Died 2 April 1956.
GU Degree: MB ChB, 1914; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: physicians
English snippet: Medical graduate of the University of Glasgow in 1914
Record last updated: 30th Nov 2015

Country Associations

Australia Australia, Victoria, Warrnambool
Place of Birth

Australia Australia, Victoria, South Yarra
Place of Death

England England, London

United States United States, Chicago

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