Centre for WA History

Jean Murray-Jones

The Centre has been commissioned to prepare a biography of Dr Jean Murray-Jones.

Medical historian Dr Bob Weston has now completed the biography.

On her death in 2009, Dr Murray Jones bequeathed her entire legacy to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). The WA branch of the college has commissioned the biography.

In 1944 Dr Murrary-Jones started her medical career at Royal Perth Hospital and later the Royal Children's Hospital (now Princess Margaret Hospital).

Five years later she travelled to the United Kingdom, first working at the West Middlesex Hospital in Islington for two years and later at other hospitals, working in gynaecology.

In 1955, Dr Murray-Jones returned to Perth and initially worked in Victoria Park as a general practitioner.

Later, she set up a private practice from her home in Ord Street, West Perth. She also worked as a clinical assistant at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) from 1955 to 1974. Subsequently she worked solely in private practice with a clientele that had a strong representation of 'troubled young women'.