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Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett

c. 1950 (cast 1955-1956)
Daphne Mayo MBE

cast bronze (60.0 cm x 39.0 cm depth 25.0 cm)

Amy Christine Rivett (1891–1962), doctor, contributed greatly to women's health. After studying medicine at the University of Sydney she moved to Brisbane, where she became superintendent of the Hospital for Sick Children and resident medical officer at Brisbane General and Lady Bowen hospitals. Rivett regularly visited Brisbane's brothels as municipal medical officer in charge of the health of licensed prostitutes, and was an early and persistent advocate of birth control and sexual health. Having gained her master's degree in surgery in 1918, from 1919 she practised in Wickham Terrace with her doctor brother Edward. In 1929 Christine became the first Queensland woman to gain an A-class pilot's licence, and became a foundation member of the Queensland Medical Women's Society. Meanwhile, in 1927, Edward had bought a Walter Burley Griffin house in Castlecrag, Sydney, which he converted to a private maternity hospital. After the Second World War, Christine joined her brother in Castlecrag, practising obstetrics and experimenting in telepathy and ESP. Brother and sister died within a few months of each other.

Daphne Mayo received a gold medal for sculpture at London's Royal Academy of Arts and worked tirelessly to promote appreciation of the arts in Queensland. In this life-size portrait bust Mayo has portrayed her friend and patron looking commanding in a frilled silk shirt and jacket.

Gift of Justice Ian Callinan 1999. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
© Estate of Daphne Mayo

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Artist and subject

Daphne Mayo MBE (age 55 in 1950)

Christine Rivett (age 59 in 1950)

Donated by

Justice Ian Callinan (1 portrait)

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Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett

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Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett

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