Elizabeth Gunn finished school at Otago Girls High school in Dunedin Otago
After finishing school she travelled to Edinburgh and trained as a doctor in Edinburgh for many years.
She then ended up traveling back to NZ 1912 to join NZ medical school service in Wellington.
later she petitioned to the Prime Minister( William Massey) to be allowed to serve in the NZ Army Medical Corp during WWI.
After the war, Elizabeth began a legendary 30 years of service in the Whanganui- Manawatu School Medical Service. She was the first school doctor to invite parents to medical inspections, she set up ‘toothbrush drills’ and introduced milk in schools long before it became government policy. During the depression, she provided many local children with school uniforms and started many health camps.
Elizabeth retired from public service in 1940 but continued as a private practice paediatrician for many more years. She was appointed a Member of the British Empire in 1951.