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Anne Jolliffe

Date Posted: 3 October 2013

Anne Jolliffe, Australia’s first woman animator, cannot remember a time when she wasn’t interested in her craft. Born near Launceston, Tasmania, in 1933, she was given scratch pads and pencils by her father when she was four years old and began drawing pictures in sequence. She was very young when she saw her first animated film, a Donald Duck classic, and about eight years old when she saw Fantasia, a movie she never gets tired …

Mary Booth (1869 – 1956)

Date Posted: 30 October 2012

Mary Booth was born in Sydney in 1869, the eldest of three daughters of schoolmaster, William Booth and his wife Ruth. After graduating in Arts from the University of Sydney, she worked briefly as a governess before an inheritance from her grandfather gave her sufficient income to travel to Britain where she graduated in medicine in 1899. Although, on her return to Sydney in 1900, she established a medical practice she faced considerable opposition from …

Grace Gibson (1905 – 1989)

Date Posted: 22 October 2012

Born in El Paso, Texas, United States of America, in 1905, Grace Gibson arrived in Australia in 1934, planning to stay for only six months. Instead, she stayed for the rest of her life, and exerted a profound influence on Australian commercial radio programming in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Originally brought to Australia by Sydney radio manager Alfred Bennett to set up a company that successfully sold American radio programs throughout the country, she …

Georgia Lee

Date Posted: 28 September 2012

Georgia Lee, born Dulcie Rama Pitt, in Cairns, Queensland in 1921, was a jazz and blues singer of international renown who, in the 1950s was called ‘Melbourne’s Number One Female Singer’. Of Torres Strait Islander and Cloncurry Aboriginal descent, she was the first Indigenous artist to record a full album, and the first Australian to record one in stereo. Dulcie grew up in Cairns in a house surrounded by music of all sorts. Family gatherings …

Norma Parker

Date Posted: 6 August 2012

Norma Alice Parker, CBE, is generally regarded as one of the founders of social work in Australia. Born in 1906, the eldest of the five children born to Annie Westhoven, a Catholic and accountant Ernest Parker, a Methodist, she attended Sacred Heart High School before studying Arts at the University of Western Australia in 1925. Here she formed a strong friendship with Constance Pauline Moffit with whom she travelled to the Catholic University of America …