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Dame Annie Jean Macnamara (1899–1968)

Dame Jean Connor, 69, probably better known by her maiden name of Macnamara, died today at her South Yarra home.

Dame Jean spent most of her life fighting polio, particularly among children, and was responsible also for the introduction of myxomatosis, the rabbit killing disease, to Australia in 1950.

In 1935 she was made a Dame Commander and in 1966 she became the first woman to be awarded an honorary doctorate of laws at Melbourne University.

Her husband, Dr Ivan Connor, a dermatologist, died in 1956. They are survived by two married daughters.

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