Siedeberg, Emily Hancock (1873–1968)

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Siedeberg, Emily Hancock (1873–1968)

New Zealand physician, anaesthetist, and hospital superintendent. Name variations: Emily Hancock McKinnon. Born Feb 17, 1873, at Clyde, New Zealand; died June 13, 1968, at Oamaru, New Zealand; dau. of Franz David Siedeberg and Anna (Thompson) Siedeberg; University of Otago Medical School, 1896; m. James Alexander McKinnon (banker), 1928 (died 1949).

Served as medical officer at Caversham Industrial School (1907–30), anaesthetist at Dental School (1921–31), and medical officer and superintendent of St Helens Hospital, Dunedin (1905–38); opened New Zealand's 1st antenatal clinic (1918), and worked with Plunket Society; helped to establish Dunedin branch of National Council of Women of New Zealand (1918); founding president of New Zealand Medical Women's Association (1921). Received King George V Silver Jubilee Medal (1935); Named Commander of the British Empire (1949).

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 3).