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Porter, Una Beatrice
Date of birth: 1900
Date of death: 1996
Biography: Una Porter was born in 1900, the daughter of F.J. Cato, co-founder of the grocery business Moran and Cato, the first chain of stores of any kind in Australia. Educated at Methodist Ladies College and the English boarding school "Farringtons". With her sisters married and brothers enlisted during the First World War, a close relationship developed between Porter and her father. Both deeply religious and dedicated to philanthropic work, Porter assisted her father in financing hospitals and missions in Arnhem Land, Fiji and India. Motivated by her ill niece, Porter began her studies in medicine at the University of Melbourne in 1933. On completing her degree she continued with studies in psychiatry and became the senior psychiatrist at the Queen Victoria Hospital in 1949. From 1925 Porter became prominent in the Young Women's Christian Association and was elected vice-president in 1949 and president from 1963 to 1967 and 1971. She married James Porter in 1946. Una Porter was a devoted committee member and from 1936 became a member of the council of Queen's College at Melbourne University, serving for 28 years. Dr. Porter died in 1996.
Activities/Occupation: Medical practitioners, Benefactors
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