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Marie Elizabeth Amy Castilla (1868–1898)

Dr. Amy Castilla, who died on November 9 after several weeks' illness resulting from a severe cold, was one of the pioneer lady doctors of Melb., and for a year was assistant resident surgeon at the Women's Hospital, afterwards being appointed for a term to the St. Vincent's Hospital. During her illness she was attended day and night by her friend Dr. Helen Sexton, a brusque practical woman, with sympathy for suffering womankind but none for the woes of the mere butterflies. Dr. Amy Castilla had a large practice amongst women and children, and was considered one of the cleverest Melb. doctors of her sex. She rode her bicycle continuously, and was a familiar figure on suburban roads, always having strapped to her handle-bar a professional looking black bag. Her sister, Miss Ethel Castilla, was one of the Austral Salon founders, and is an industrious pen woman, with a taste for the more solid writing than "society" reporting affords. She has been for many years the Melb. correspondent of the Sydney Mail, and was on the now defunct Melb. Daily Telegraph, and also on the Weekly Times, until a protegee of the D. T. was appointed in her place. The third Miss Castilla married Mr. Percy de Grut, a bank manager, better known as "Candlestick" de Grut, after he had brained a would be bank burglar with the first thing that came handy—a candlestick solid enough to knock the intruder silly, as it did.

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'Castilla, Marie Elizabeth Amy (1868–1898)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 16 April 2024.

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26 September, 1868
Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


9 November, 1898 (aged 30)
East Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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