• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE5685

Craft, Lilian Jessie

(1907 – 1988)
  • Born 11 August, 1907, Woolwich Kent England
  • Died 7 February, 1988, Cammeray New South Wales Australia
  • Occupation Barrister, Lawyer, Public servant, Solicitor


Lilian Jessie Craft (nee Goldsmith) has the distinction of having been the first woman in New South Wales to become a solicitor by undertaking the Solicitors’ Admission Board course. She was also the first woman solicitor to practise in the regional New South Wales city of Goulburn, when she was managing clerk to the city’s firm of Ian R. Duffy and Galland in 1947. The then Goldsmith attended Fort Street Girls’ High School. On 1 November 1933 a notice in The Sydney Morning Herald announced that she had been serving articles of clerkship with Keith Ewington Whitehead Solicitor of Sydney and of her intention to apply to be admitted as an attorney-solicitor and proctor. She was admitted on 17 November 1933. In 1938, she travelled overseas for a year. When she returned, she set up her own practice and also took on responsibility for the practice of Horace Archy Teakle, who went into the army. (She herself joined the Women’s Royal Australian Navy Service (W.R.A.N.S.), on 10 July 1945). In the late 1940s Goldsmith worked in the State Crown Solicitor’s Office. She married in 1949. With her retirement from practice as a solicitor in 1959, Craft transferred to the Bar roll as a non-practising barrister. She was appointed permanent convenor of the regular meetings of the informal Society of Women Lawyers, the forerunner to the Women Lawyers’ Association of New South Wales.

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  • Membership
    • Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) (1941 - 1984)
  • Related Organisations
    • Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales (1952 - )
    • Fort Street Girls' High School (1911 - 1975)