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Jane M'Ilwain, first female telephonist, was appointed by accident at Gladstone, Queensland, in 1882.
The Herstory Archive includes the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
from across Australia. Some of these women have passed away and their families should be
aware that there are photographs included in the Archive, alongside the written text.