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Connors, Lyndsay Genevieve


Feminist, Journalist and Educator


As a young parent with children growing up in Canberra, Lyndsay Connors was one of many whose lives were enriched by the philosophy of Jean Blackburn. Along with many other active members of the public education community and the feminist movement at that time, Lyndsay Connors found in The Karmel Report, Schools in Australia, and, in particular, in Girls, Schools and Society a set of directions for the continuing struggle for quality and equality in education.

Having served on the ACT Schools Authority as a parent member, Lyndsay Connors was then appointed as a full-time Schools Commissioner. Her later appointments included Chair of the Schools Council of the National Board of Employment, Education and Training; and Deputy Chair, Board, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Following a period of 8 years as a director with the New South Wales Department of Education and Training, she was appointed in 2000 to chair a Ministerial Working Party Review in Victoria, 'Public Education: The Next Generation. She was the Australian College of Education Medallist, 2001.

In 2017, Lindsay Connors was awarded an Order of Australian in the General Division for 'distinguished service to national public education policy, to improved school performance and equitable funding delivery, and as a role model and mentor of young women.'

(Source: Biography supplied by Dr Shirley Randell AM)

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  • Interview with Lindsay Connors (sound recording), interviewer: Rodney Cavalier, 14 April 1994, ORAL TRC 2947/9; National Library of Australia. Details

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