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Peck, Muriel Anna (1882–1947)

Miss Peck

Miss Peck

Jack Cato

Born, Gippsland, Victoria. Daughter of Henry Ffloyd Peck, Esq., of Sale, Gippsland, Victoria.

Her grandfather was one of the pioneers of the medical profession in Gippsland, arriving from England in 1857. Her great grandfather, Colonel Allan, was one of the very early pioneers, being Australia's first Commissary General in 1813.

ACTIVITIES. Miss Muriel Peck is Assistant to the Director of Infant Welfare, Public Health Department, Victoria. She is a State registered General Nurse, and holds Certificates for Infant Welfare, Sanitary Inspector, Royal Sanitary Institute; Health Visiting, School and Tuberculosis Nurse; Royal Sanitary Institute, London. She is the pioneer nurse of the Infant Welfare Movement in Victoria, and had charge of the first Infant Welfare Centre in Richmond in 1917. She was instrumental, through her propaganda in the establishment of a large percentage of the Infant Welfare Centres in this State. As a recognition of her work, the Infant Welfare Centre and Rest Room at Monbulk has been called “The Muriel Peck Cottage. She was Matron of the Victorian Baby Health Centres’ Association Training School for Infant Welfare Nurses for four years. Miss Peck is one of the Examiners of the State Examinations for Infant Welfare Nurses, as well as for the Public Health Department’s Mothercraft Nurses' Examinations. She pioneered the Infant Welfare Section on the Better Farming Train, on which she has been Lecturer and Demonstrator for the past ten years. Her first book, “Your Baby’’ (the second is about to be published), is extensively used by Mothers and Infant Welfare and Mothercraft Nurses, and her magazine articles and talks over the air have been highly commented upon. Miss Peck is a member of the Council of the College of Nursing, and a member of the Executive of the Provisional Committee for post graduate studies in Nursing.

HOBBIES. Gardening, Reading, Motoring.

CLUB. Royal Automobile Club of Victoria.

ADDRESS. 35 William St., St. Kilda (East), Melbourne, Victoria.

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'Peck, Muriel Anna (1882–1947)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/peck-muriel-anna-18709/text30306, accessed 20 October 2021.

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