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Academia

  • ACKROYD, Joyce Irene

    Born 23/11/1918, Died 30/8/1991

    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…

  • BARKER, Joanna

    Also known as: Jo

    Jo Barker was the first Australian President of World Federation of Occupational Therapists (1986-1990); the first occupational therapist in Australia to be awarded a Ph.D. (1988); in…

  • BIN-SALLIK, Mary Ann

    Born 1940

    1962 - First Indigenous Australian woman to graduate from Darwin Hospital
    First Indigenous Australian woman to receive a Doctorate
    First Indigenous Australian woman to gain full time…

  • BURGMANN, Meredith Anne

    Born 26/7/1947

    Also known as: Hon Dr Meredith Burgmann

    Meredith Burgmann was the first woman President of the Academics Union of New South Wales. She was also the co-founder of the National Pay Equity Coalition (1988) and of the Ernie…

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Adventure

  • ALLARD, Louise

    2006 - First Australian woman to ski to the North Pole

  • ALLEN, Denise

    1983 - First observer woman posted to Queensland 1984 - First woman posted to Willis Island 1986 - First woman to winter on the Antarctic Continent for the Bureau of Meteorology 1988 -…

  • COLE, Kelly

    2000 - Kelly walked with camels (and with Mark Swindells for part of the journey) from Western Australia's most westerly point to New South Wales most easterly point.

  • COTTEE, Kay

    Born 25/1/1954

    1987-1988 - First woman to sail solo and nonstop around the globe. In 1988, Kay Cottee received the Australian of the Year Award. 1989, Cottee was appointed an Officer of the Order of…

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Architecture


Arts (music, literature, visual arts)


Aviation


Business

  • ABBERTON, Verna

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

  • AH TOY, Woo Len

    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…

  • ANSON, Kim

    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…

  • AUSTIN, Maisie

    Born 22/5/1949

    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


Education

  • 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…

  • ACKROYD, Joyce Irene

    Born 23/11/1918, Died 30/8/1991

    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…

  • ALLSOP, Joan Winifred

    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…

  • ANDERSON, Maybanke

    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

  • ANDREW, Marjorie

    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…

  • BEAUREPAIRE, Beryl Edith

    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…

  • BULLWINKEL, Vivian

    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…

  • COSSON, Elizabeth

    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…

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Film and Television


Finance


Human Rights


Journalism


Industry


Law


Medicine


Politics


Public Service


Religion

  • 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…

  • ALLCHIN, Mary David

    Born 17/5/1913

    Pioneer of Central Australia. Arrived in Alice Springs in 1941, took her final vows with the Catholic Church in 1942 and helped establish Arltunga mission in 1942. Also worked on…

  • ARNEY, Elizabethy E.

    Born 1932

    Also known as: Betty

    Betty Arney was the first woman to become a priest in the Anglican Church of Australia, ordained with nine other women at St George's Cathedral, Perth 7 March 1992.

  • BURROWS, Eva

    Born 15/9/1929, Died 21/3/2015

    Eva Burrows was the first Australian (and only second) woman world leader of the Salvation Army. Eva was also the youngest person ever elected to the office of General. She served in…

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Science


Sport


Telecommunications


Veterinary Science


Women on the Land


Women’s Movement


Mother


Mining


Conservation


Gastronomy

  • 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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