Ref NoRCSI/IP/Dickson
TitleEmily Winifred Dickson Papers
Date1873 - 2004
Extent And Medium1 banker box, 1 archival boxes, 1 large folders, 1 silver salver, 1 small trunk
DescriptionThis collection comprises of medical certificates, medals, personal items, correspondence, photographs, published material and newspaper cuttings that are related to Emily Winifred Dickson's life and medical career. It also includes documents relating to the family history and genealogy of the Dickson and Martin families.
Admin_Biographical_HistoryEmily Winifred Dickson (1866 - 1944)

Emily Winifred Dickson was born in Tyrone in 1866 to the Ulster Liberal MP Thomas A. Dickson and his wife Elizabeth. She was the second youngest of seven children and was educated at the Ladies Collegiate School in Belfast and Harold House School in London. In 1887 she enrolled in RCSI, where she was the only female medical student. Dickson obtained the Licence of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 1891 and graduated from the Royal University of Ireland in 1893 with the degrees of MB, BCh, BAO. She was elected the first female Fellow of RCSI in 1893. After her graduation, she won an RUI travelling scholarship to Vienna and Berlin for six months. In Berlin she encountered a lot of resistance and was unable to gain a place on courses at many clinics. Upon her return to Dublin in 1894, she set up practice in 18 Upper Merrion Street and was appointed Gynaecologist to the Richmond, Whitworth and Hardwick Hospital where she worked for four years until her marriage to Robert Martin in 1899.

In 1896 Dr Dickson took the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Master of Obstetrics at the Royal University of Ireland. Following this she was appointed an Examiner in Midwifery at RCSI. Upon her appointment, the students objected to a female examiner and 14 pages of signatures petitioning against her appointment were presented to the Council of RCSI. On marriage she gave up her career in medicine and went on to have five children. In 1915 when her husband joined the British Army she returned to work as a doctor. She became the sole breadwinner for the family after she and her husband separated. The family moved to England in 1915. For much of the rest of her life she suffered illness but continued to work up until two months before her death in 1944 at the age of 77.
FormatMixed (manuscript, typescript, photographs, artefacts)
CopyrightContact the RCSI Heritage Collections
Access_StatusOpen
Access ConditionsBy appointment with RCSI Heritage Collections
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