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1036 DR JAMES BARRY: A WOMAN AHEAD OF HER TIME

Dr Michael du Preez, retired consultant urological surgeon, Department of Urology, Groote Schuur and Red Cross Childrens’ Hospitals

The identity of Dr James Barry as Margaret Bulkley has been incontrovertibly established. This course will present recently uncovered information about the life of this mysterious and gifted woman, and place her life story against the historical and political backdrop of her era, which included the battle of Waterloo, the Crimean War, the ‘year without a summer’ (1816) and the legendary figures of Napoleon and Florence Nightingale. Dr Barry's posting at the Cape, the longest of her career, was only the first of ten appointments that included Mauritius, Jamaica, St Helena, Barbados, Antigua and Trinidad. The final lecture will recount her posting to Canada and the reason for her being sent back to Britain to be examined by a medical board. It will offer an evaluation of Dr Barry’s character and legacy.

 

LECTURE TITLES

1.   Dr James Barry: the early years revealed

2.   Twelve years at the Cape

3.   Islands in the sun and the final days of Lord Charles Somerset

4.   From the Caribbean to the Crimea

5.   The last post  

 

Recommended reading

Du Preez, H.M. and Dronfield, J.  2016. James Barry: A Woman Ahead of Her Time. London: Oneworld.

Du Preez H.M. 2008. ‘Dr James Barry: the Early Years Revealed’. South African Medical Journal  98:52–8.

Du Preez H.M. ‘Dr James Barry (1789–1865): the Edinburgh Years’. JRCPE  42:258–265.

15-19 January  Venue: LT2, Kramer Law Building
7.30 pm