HerStory Archive

Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: First in their Field


Women at the Heart


Signature Quilt

  • ABBA, Hilda May

    Born 30/5/1918

    First woman in Australia ordained as Theological Lecturer (Pitt Street Congregational Church, Sydney: 1951) In 1936, Hilda entered Homerton College, Cambridge, where she qualified as a…

  • ABLEY, Barbara

    First woman Mayor of Geelong City Council, the first in this Victoria Council’s preceding 134-year history (2002). Barbara Abley was elected in March 2001 to the Council of the City…

  • ADKINS, Shirley Elaine

    Born 18/3/1930

    Also known as: née Lee

    First woman President of the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia (1979-1984). First woman elected president of the Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia (1990-1997). First woman…

  • ALEXANDER, Stephanie

    Born 13/11/1940

    Pioneering food writer, first woman to own and manage a world-class restaurant in Australia (Stephanie’s Restaurant: 1976-1997); initiated innovative primary school program, The…

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Aviatrix Tapestry

  • ADKINS, Shirley Elaine

    Born 18/3/1930

    Also known as: née Lee

    First woman President of the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia (1979-1984). First woman elected president of the Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia (1990-1997). First woman…

  • ARNOT, Allana

    Born 1967

    Also known as: Allana Corbin

    In 1997 Allana Arnot became the first woman to circumnavigate Australia solo in a helicopter. She accomplished this after teaching herself how to walk and fly again following a plane…

  • BIRD-WALTON, Nancy

    Born 1915, Died 13/1/2009

    In 1934, Nancy became Australia's first female pilot to fly commercially, when she was hired by the Far West Children’s Health Scheme to fly nurses round the Outback. At the…

  • BONNEY, Maude

    Born 1897, Died 1994

    Also known as: Lores

    Always known as Mrs Bonney, Lores was the first woman to fly solo between Australia and England.  In 1933 she was the first woman to complete a round-Australia flight and the first…

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Chooks

  • ABBERTON, Verna

    Written on the back of the drawing:  Devoted member, very good fundraiser.

  • BINET, Myrtle Lillias

    Also known as: née Hope

    Written on the back of the drawing:  Family woman and happy worker - husband in government service.

  • BLOOMFIELD, Lillian Myrtle

    Born 1916, Died 2005

    Also known as: née Kunoth, Lil, Lillian

    Daughter of Central Australia pioneers Harry and Caroline Kunoth of Oodnadatta.
    Pioneer of Central Australia.
    Pastoralist Loves Creek Station. Written on the back of the Chooks…

  • CARRUTH, Gladys

    Written on the back of the drawing:  Long-standing member devoted worker.

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