Fraser, Isabella (1857–1932)

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Fraser, Isabella (1857–1932)

New Zealand nurse and hospital matron. Born Nov 15, 1857, in Ayrshire, Scotland; died Nov 24, 1932, in Napier, New Zealand; dau. of Charles Fraser (chemist) and Mary (Lyle) Fraser.

Trained as nurse in Scotland (1887); immigrated to Australia with brother and supervised nurses at Melbourne Hospital (1891–93); assumed position of matron of Dunedin Hospital (1893–1911); established 3-year nursing skills training course for medical students at University of Otago Medical School (1894). Fraser medal for proficiency in practical nursing named in her honor (1912).

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 2).