• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE0396

McEwan, Kathleen (Kitty) Agnes Rose

(1894 – 1969) First birthday party of the Australian Women's Land Army.
  • Born 15 March, 1894, Surrey Hills Victoria Australia
  • Died 17 August, 1969
  • Occupation Golfer, Journalist, Print journalist, Sports Journalist, War Worker


Kitty McEwan was educated at Ormiston Ladies’ College and became a freelance journalist working with Australian Home Beautiful in 1929. Interested in the game of golf, she began writing about women and golf, for the Radiator in 1937 and the Sun News-Pictorial in 1938. She organised fund-raising for patriotic appeals during World War II. In June 1942 McEwan was appointed superintendent in Victoria of the Australian Women’s Land Army, a position she held until March 1946. After the war she returned to journalism, writing for the Sun News-Pictorial from which she retired in 1966. Kitty McEwan served as honorary publicity officer and an executive member of the National Council of Women Victoria and a councillor of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. She died on 17 August 1969, aged 75 years.


Kitty McEwan was a keen sportswoman and was a member of several sporting clubs and associations, including the Barwon Heads Golf Club and the Women’s Amateur Sports Council. She used her role as a journalist to promote women’s sport to a wide audience. Her efforts in this area have seen her commemorated publicly. In 2003 she had a street in the Canberra suburb of Mckellar names after her, and the pre-eminent Victorian sportswoman of the year receives the VicSport Kitty McEwan Sportswoman of the Year award.



  • 1929 - 1966

Published resources

Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Letter, 1967 Oct. 26 [manuscript]

Digital resources

Related entries

  • Related Organisations
    • Australian Women's Land Army (AWLA) (1942 - 1945)
  • Membership
    • National Council of Women of Victoria (1902 - )
  • Related Events
    • Kitty McEwan Victorian Sportswoman of the Year (1974 - )