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  • Joyce Irene ACKROYD

    Born 23 November 1918, Died 30 August 1991

    Joyce Ack­royd was a pro­fes­sor of Japan­ese lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture, and one of the pio­neers who changed the pat­tern of Japan­ese stud­ies in Aus­tralia. In 1965 she found­ed the Department…

  • Joanna BARKER

    Also known as: Jo

    Jo Bark­er was the first Aus­tralian Pres­i­dent of World Fed­er­a­tion of Occu­pa­tion­al Ther­a­pists (19861990); the first occu­pa­tion­al ther­a­pist in Aus­tralia to be award­ed a Ph.D. (1988); in…

  • Larissa BEHRENDT

    Born 1 April 1969

    First Abo­rig­ine to earn a doc­tor­ate from Har­vard Law School in USA
    Pro­fes­sor of Law at Syd­ney Uni­ver­si­ty of Technology.

    1993 — Won the Lionel Mur­phy Foundation…

  • Mary Ann BIN-SALLIK

    Born 2 November 1940

    Hold­ing both a Mas­ters (1986) degree in Edu­ca­tion­al Admin­is­tra­tion and a Doc­tor­ate (1989) in Edu­ca­tion from Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty, USA, she was also the first Indige­nous grad­u­ate in…

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  • Verna ABBERTON

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

  • Woo Len AH TOY

    Born 24/10/1917, Died 15/11/2001

    Also known as: nee Wong, Lily

    Lily was born and grew up in Dar­win and was known to many in the Top End for her sto­icism, gen­eros­i­ty and warm good humour. From 1936 to 1942 and con­tin­uin­ing after the war, Lily and…

  • Kim ANSON

    Born 1955

    Kim Anson was the first woman Gen­er­al Man­ag­er appoint­ed at Waver­ley Coun­cil, New South Wales in its then 141 year-old his­to­ry (2001). She has sub­se­quent­ly held senior man­age­ment roles…

  • Maisie AUSTIN

    Born 22 May 1949

    Also known as: Maisie Adams

    Maisie Austin was the first woman in the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry to become an Asso­ciate of the Aus­tralian Insur­ance Insti­tute (1977). Dur­ing the 1970s, Maisie start­ed work for an insurance…

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Community Service

  • Virginia ADLIDE OAM

    In 1983, Vir­ginia devel­oped the first Ronald McDon­ald House in Australia. 

    Vir­ginia was award­ed the Medal of the Order of Aus­tralia in 1993 for this work in recog­ni­tion of service…

  • Woo Len AH TOY

    Born 24/10/1917, Died 15/11/2001

    Also known as: nee Wong, Lily

    Lily was born and grew up in Dar­win and was known to many in the Top End for her sto­icism, gen­eros­i­ty and warm good humour. From 1936 to 1942 and con­tin­uin­ing after the war, Lily and…

  • Lynne ALLEN-BROWN

    Also known as: Lynne Spencer

    In 1993, Lynne Allen-Brown became the first female Chief Super­in­ten­dent of St Johns Ambu­lance. In 1999, she was the first female Chief Com­mis­sion­er of St Johns Ambu­lance. Earlier,…

  • Margaret Sterling BAIN

    Born 1923, Died 14/03/2018

    Pio­neer Mis­sion­ary who was insight­ful and suc­cess­ful in cross cul­tur­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment in Finke/​Aputula. She was great­ly respect­ed and trust­ed by the…

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Education

  • Reverend Hilda May ABBA

    Born 30 May 1918

    Also known as: Reverend Hilda May Abba, Hilda May Blackham

    First woman in Aus­tralia ordained as The­o­log­i­cal Lec­tur­er (Pitt Street Con­gre­ga­tion­al Church, Syd­ney: 1951)

    1936: Hil­da May entered Home­r­ton Col­lege, Cam­bridge, where she…

  • Joyce Irene ACKROYD

    Born 23 November 1918, Died 30 August 1991

    Joyce Ack­royd was a pro­fes­sor of Japan­ese lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture, and one of the pio­neers who changed the pat­tern of Japan­ese stud­ies in Aus­tralia. In 1965 she found­ed the Department…

  • Joan Winifred ALLSOP

    Born 10/11/1912, Died 12/10/2000

    Aus­tralian adult edu­ca­tor. With the assis­tance of a grant, All­sop was able to attend Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty in New York, where she became the first Aus­tralian to obtain a doc­tor of…

  • Maybanke ANDERSON

    Born 1845, Died 15/4/1927

    Also known as: Maybanke Wolstoneholme (the name from her first marriage). Maybanke wrote regularly as 'Lois' in the Sydney Morning Herald.

    Worked with Rose Scott, Louisa Law­son, the Windey­er fam­i­ly and oth­ers on the strug­gle for wom­en’s suf­frage and oth­er legal, polit­i­cal and edu­ca­tion­al reforms. Helped found the…

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Defense

  • Marjorie ANDREW

    Mar­jorie Andrew worked for the Allied Works Coun­cil in Alice Springs and Dar­win dur­ing World War Two (Alice Springs 1944 – 1945). One of the most press­ing demands on Aus­tralia during…

  • Beryl Edith BEAUREPAIRE

    Born 24/9/1923

    Also known as: Dame Beryl Beaurepaire née Bedggood

    A pio­neer­ing Aus­tralian fem­i­nist, Beryl knew how to push boundaries.

    Beryl’s first attempts to force accep­tance of equal­i­ty was dur­ing World War Two when she joined the Women’s…

  • Vivian BULLWINKEL

    Born 18/12/1915, Died 3/07/2000

    First female Trustee of Aus­tralian War Memorial.

    1947 — She received the Flo­rence Nightin­gale Medal.
    1973 — Ms Bull­winkel received a MBE

    1974 — Vivian was pre­sent­ed the Order of…

  • Elizabeth COSSON

    Born 1958

    Eliz­a­beth Cos­son was the first woman to be pro­mot­ed to the rank of Major Gen­er­al, mak­ing her the first Aus­tralian woman to reach two-star” rank in the Aus­tralian Army. Pri­or to that…

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  • Gillian Clare CAMPBELL

    Born 1967

    First woman Tele­com Tech­ni­cian in South Aus­tralia and North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry. Qual­i­fied in 1988, aged 21.


    Daugh­ter of Alice Springs artist and teacher Iain CAMPBELL.

  • Isabella CLIFF

    Aus­trali­a’s first tele­phon­ist was among nine girls employed at the coun­try’s first com­mer­cial tele­phone exchange in Collins Street, Mel­bourne in 1880.

  • Margaret DOYLE

    Born 1920, Died 25 February 2002

    Also known as: Margaret Henderson

    Aus­trali­a’s first female radio announc­er was appoint­ed by the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (ABC) and seen here at their Syd­ney stu­dios in Novem­ber 1940. The major­i­ty of…

  • Alfreda GLYNN

    Also known as: Freda

    Award­ed the Aus­tralia Medal.

    1980 — Found­ed first Abo­rig­i­nal Radio Sta­tion — Radio 8KIN-FM19898 — Found­ed Cen­tral Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nal Media Asso­ci­a­tion in North­ern Territory…

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Veterinary Science

  • Miriam CANNING

    First Abo­rig­i­nal (and first woman) vet­eri­nary sur­geon in Australia.

    Born and raised at Leono­ra near Kal­go­or­lie, West Aus­tralia. Qual­i­fied for her pri­vate pilot’s licence…

  • Margaret Enid CHRISTIAN

    Born 1920

    Also known as: Peg

    1948 — First Vet­eri­nar­i­an to estab­lish pri­vate prac­tice in the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry and to devel­op vet­eri­nary care for Aus­tralian Fauna
    Dr) OAM, BVSc

  • Janice Leona HILLS

    Also known as: Jan, Dr Janice Hills

    1964 — First woman to estab­lish a full time vet­eri­nary prac­tice in North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry ser­vic­ing Dar­win, Ten­nant Creek, Alice Springs, Kather­ine and Gove.

  • Margaret Gwendoline KEATS

    Born 1895, Died 6/4/1970

    Aus­trali­a’s first woman to qual­i­fy as a vet­eri­nar­i­an with uni­ver­si­ty train­ing, she was also the first and only woman to grad­u­ate from Aus­trali­a’s first vet­eri­nary faculty…

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  • Stephanie ALEXANDER

    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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  • Rosemary YOUNG

    1999 — First woman and first lay per­son to head the Unit­ing Church of Aus­trali­a’s Fron­tier Ser­vices, for­mer­ly the Aus­tralian Inland Mis­sion (AIM) when appoint­ed as Director.…