Great Queensland women of our past
Learn more about great Queensland women from our past:
- Emma Miller—Emma was one of Queensland's earliest activists and played a prominent role in improving conditions for women in the workplace
- Annette Kellerman—Annette took up swimming to strengthen her legs after a bout of polio as a child and became world famous as a distance swimmer and movie star.
- Oodgeroo Noonuccal—Oodgeroo (Kath Walker) was a prominent Queenslander and a key figure in Australian history, famed for her contribution to literature, education and Indigenous rights.
- Irene Longman—Irene made history as Queensland’s first parliamentarian and championed a number of initiatives to improve the lives of women and children.
- Mary McConnel—Mary worked for 15 years to raise money for Queensland’s first children’s hospital after the tragic loss of her son.
- Lilian Cooper—Lilian was a pioneer. She left England to become Queensland’s first female doctor and was rewarded for her bravery during the First World War.
- Sister Elizabeth Kenny—Elizabeth was widely recognised for her innovative approach to treating polio sufferers, and was credited with saving the United States from a ‘national disaster’.
- Dorothy Hill—Dorothy was the first female Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the first woman in an Australian university to be president of her university’s professional board.