- 1891-1950 (Creation)
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Born Maria Emmeline Buchanan in Cape Town in 1869, Barnard was one of the first four women students to enrol at the South African College in 1886 for her matric and teachers certificate. The four were then allowed to register for chemistry only. It was only in the following year that women were admitted to all classes.
In 1893 she married Dr Edward Barnard Fuller, a consultant at Somerset Hospital and part-time medical officer for the City of Cape Town, who later became chairman of the University Council (1938-1945). Fuller was instrumental in establishing Arthur's Seat, a residence for women students of the South African College in 1907 and served on the house committee for five years until a warden was appointed.
After the South African College officially became UCT on 2 April 1918, Fuller was a member of the Provisional Committee appointed to oversee the development of the new Groote Schuur campus. In the same year she was one of two women appointed to the newly constituted University Council.
Opened in 1928, the women's residence was renamed Fuller Hall in 1950 in recognition of her contributions to UCT. In the same year UCT awarded Fuller an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.
As founder member and first president of the National Council of Women and dedicated to promoting education and the enfranchisement of women, Fuller was awarded the George V Silver Jubilee Medal in 1935 for more than 40 years of public service.
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Papers re teaching of medicine at the South African College.
Also papers of Mrs Fuller (nèe Minnie Buchanan)
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