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Lillias Hamilton

(1858—1925) physician and writer


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(d. 1925). Born in New South Wales of an Australian mother and a Scots father, she qualified as a doctor and practised in Calcutta (1890–4). She was then in charge of the Dufferin Hospital, Calcutta (1893–4) before becoming physician to the Emir of Afghanistan (1894–7). Her novel A Vizier's Daughter (1900) draws on the latter experience. Gul Begum is a resilient princess who becomes a hostage and a slave; she battles against circumstance and finally dies saving her widowed employer, with whom she has fallen in love. A Nurse's Bequest (1907) describes the working life of a nurse in a hospital twenty-five years previously. The heroine is one of five sisters, is bullied by other nurses for her gentility, but perseveres, and marries a German doctor. Much of the book is spent arguing for a system for the education of pauper children in Homes in the colonies. Hamilton was later (1908–24) Warden of Studley Horticultural College for Women. She died in Nice.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.



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