• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE4047

Ketels, Olive Francis

(1915 – 2007)
  • Born 11 October, 1915
  • Died 25 August, 2007
  • Occupation Journalist, Print journalist


Olive Ketels learned many aspects of running a country newspaper from her stepfather, George Hopkins, a newspaperman who started many newspapers in the 1920s and 30s in regional Victoria. She was the sole female linotype operator in Victoria, as well as a journalist, subeditor, layout artist and composing room stonehand at the family paper, the Leongatha Echo, which she kept going during the war, when her older brother was away in New Guinea. As a widow with a small child, she later went on to run a very successful business in Warrnambool (a corsetry & lingerie salon!) & was involved in many other aspects of the life of that town.


  • 1940 - 1960

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