When I graduate school I want to go to Medical School!
Don't be silly Emily, when you graduate from you will be married and become a housewife.
Papa, I'm not sure whether I should apply for medical school... Everyone keeps saying how that's not what a young lady should do.
Medical School Application
Of course, you should apply for Medical School... It has been your dream ever since you were a little girl.
Papa I have been accepted into Medical School! I can't wait to begin!
Great work Emily! I knew you would make it.
Ever since she was young Emily had wanted to go to Medical School. Her father had always encouraged her in this dream although her teachers and friends didn't think that she would be able to do this. When Emily was offered a scholarship to Otago Girls she immediately took the scholarship seeing this as an opportunity to help her qualify for Medical School.
No one believed that she would really get into Medical School except her father who helped her with all the paperwork to apply for Medical School. Despite being discouraged by her friends and teachers she continued to persevere and together with her father she put in her application for Medical School.
Dr Emily Siedeburg
Emily was accepted into Medical School in 1891. Many people dismissed the idea of a female medical student but the Dean of the Medical School Dr John Scott pledged his support and Emily was accepted into Medical School.
At Medical School Emily found that all of the boys at Medical School were respectful towards her except for one time when some body parts off the disection table came flying her way. However Emily was weighed down by the responsibility of represendting women in medicine and also a warning from the dean to not engage in any frivolity.
After graduating in 1896 Emily worked for a month in the Seacliff Lunatic Asylum making her the first female practitioner in New Zealand before taking postgraduate studies in obsterics, gynaecology and children's diseases in Dublin and Berlin. Then in February 1898 Emily set up her own Medical practice which she worked in for 30 years.
Emily's most important appointment was medical officer and later superintendent if St. Helens Hospital and she kept the position until the closure of the hospital in 1938. Another one of Emily's major achievements was opening of the first antenatal clinic in New Zealand in 1918. Emily married in 1928 to James Alexander McKinnon. Emily died on 13 June 1968.