Rose Minshull

Rose Coombs Minshull was one of the first two women, alongside Isabella Clarke-Keer, to be elected members of the Society in 1879.

She was obviously a very talented student.  When she passed the Society’s Preliminary Exam in 1873, she came top of the 166 candidates.  She, Louisa Stammwitz, and Alice Hart were put forward at the Council meeting in February 1873 as “registered students” of the Society.  The motion was rejected.  She passed the Minor examination and registered as a Chemist & Druggist on 18 October 1877.  She also got top marks of any candidate at that examination.  She passed the Major examination and registered as a Pharmaceutical Chemist on 19 February 1879.

During 1876 and 1877, together with Alice Hart and Louisa Stammwitz, she petitioned the Council to allow ladies access to the Society’s chemistry laboratories.  This permission was granted in 1877.

Her address on registration with the Society is given as 3 Rodney Terrace, West Bow Road, London.  During 1884 her registered address is changed to North Eastern Hospital for Children, Goldsmith Row, Hackney Road, London, where she worked as the Dispenser. Rose Minshull wrote in an article for The Chemist and Druggist: “As the result of many years’ hospital work, I am decidedly of the opinion that certainly in women’s and children’s hospitals a lady dispenser is the right woman in the right place.”

Miss Minshull remained a registered Pharmaceutical Chemist until her death in May 9th 1905 at 11 Marine Parade, Hastings.  She was only 58.

Rose Minshull was described in her obituary in The Chemist and Druggist (May 20th 1905) as “not by nature a fighter, but a bright and charming little woman, of an affectionate nature.”