Dame (Annie) Jean McNamara
D.B.E., M.D., B.S., LL.D. (Hon)
Dame Jean McNamara will long be remembered for her work as an authority on infantile paralysis (poliomyelitis). She was also instrumental in introducing myxomatosis into Australia.
Jean McNamara was born in Beechworth on 1st April, 1899. Her father was Clerk of Courts at Beechworth from 1894 to 1909.
She qualified in medicine at Melbourne University in 1922, and in 1934, married Dr J. I. Connor, who died in 1958.
Her ashes are buried beneath the granite rock which marks her grave and which comes from the Beechworth bush Dame Jean loved so well.