Maria Dickin

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Maria Dickin
Maria Elisabeth Dickin

(1870-09-22)September 22, 1870
DiedMarch 1, 1951(1951-03-01) (aged 80)
United Kingdom
Other namesMia
OccupationSocial reformer, animal welfare pioneer

Maria Elisabeth Dickin CBE (nickname, Mia; 22 September 1870 – 1 March 1951) was a social reformer[1] and an animal welfare pioneer who founded the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) in 1917. Born in 1870 in London, she was the oldest of eight children; her parents were William George Dickin, a Wesleyan minister, and Ellen Maria (née Exell). She married her first cousin, Arnold Francis Dickin, an accountant, in 1899; they had no children. She enjoyed music, literary work and philanthropy. Dickin died in London in 1951 of influenzal broncho-pneumonia.[2]


Blue Plaque at Dickin's birthplace in Hackney.

The Dickin Medal is named after her.

A commemorative blue plaque was erected by English Heritage at Dickin's birthplace, 41 Cassland Road (formerly 1 Farringdon Terrace) in Hackney in October 2015.[3]


  1. ^ Long, David (14 March 2013). Animal Heroes: Inspiring true stories of courageous animals. Random House. pp. 12–. ISBN 978-1-4481-6516-2.
  2. ^ Brian Harrison, ‘Dickin, Maria Elisabeth (1870–1951)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2010 accessed 2 Aug 2011
  3. ^ "Blue plaque for animal welfare campaigner, Maria Dickin". News. English Heritage. 2015-10-08. Retrieved 2015-10-28.

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