Constance Ellis was born in Carlton, Victoria, Australia back in 1872 to Louis and Lydia. She graduated from the Presbyterian Ladies’ College in Melbourne in 1890. She went on to the University of Melbourne graduating in 1899 second in her class.
After graduation, she completed a year’s residency at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and two more years at the Royal Children’s Hospital. In 1903, she returned to the University of Melbourne. She was the first woman at the University to obtain the degree of Doctor of Medicine.
She was a founding member and president of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society. She was also a delegate on the Victorian council of the British Medical Association, the first Australian woman doctor to serve in that capacity. Just on a side note she also was a founding member of the Victorian Baby Health Center’s Association serving as vice president from 1920 to 1942. She died in 1942 from Paget’s disease.