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First Ladies

Significant Australian Women 1913–2013

Daily from Friday 1 February 2013 until Tuesday 11 June 2013
Jessie Street, 1929 Jerrold Nathan
Jessie Street, 1929 Jerrold Nathan

First Ladies profiles women who have achieved noteworthy firsts over the past 100 years. The focus display includes Australia’s first female Governor General, Quentin Bryce; Elizabeth Blackburn, the first Australian-born woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize; and aviatrix Nancy Bird Walton, Australia’s first female commercial pilot.

First Ladies maps the milestones accomplished by Australian women across diverse fields of endeavour, from politics, activism and academia to sport, science and business, taking in the stories of household names as well as unsung heroines.

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23 portraits

1Great Suffragette demonstration in London, 1911 Rose Stereograph Company. 2Self portrait, 1934 Nora Heysen. 3June Dally-Watkins, 1949 (printed 2008) Max Dupain. 4Dame Jean Macnamara, c. 1930 Donovan.
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