• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE2205

Quarrell, Lois Gertrude

(1914 – 1991)
  • Born 19 November, 1914, Corryton, Adelaide South Australia Australia
  • Died 19 June, 1991, Adelaide South Australia Australia
  • Occupation Journalist, Print journalist, Sports administrator, Sports Journalist


Lois Quarrell covered women’s sport in Adelaide for The Advertiser for forty years and is credited with doing much to ‘educate public opinion in the value of various sports for girls and young women’. (The Advertiser October 1949). She joined the paper in 1932, at the age of seventeen, and four years later became their first woman sportswriter. In order to gather stories, she would ride her bike to venues, collect information and pedal back to the office to write it up.

Quarrell’s half page column, devoted entirely to women’s sports and the issues associated with them, commenced in 1936 and ran until her retirement in 1970. She used it to inform readers of the variety of women’s sporting achievements and comparing them to women’s efforts overseas in an effort to legitimize them. She also used her influence to encourage women to be involved in sport and to manage their own affairs. In particular, she argued for the inclusion of ‘games’ for girls in the standard school curriculum, against opposition groups who believed that girls playing sport would rob them of their femininity. Quarrell also encouraged debate on issues such as the suitability of rational dress and the early retirement of athletes due to motherhood.


  • 1932 - 1970

Published resources

Archival resources

  • State Library of South Australia
    • Lois Quarrell : SUMMARY RECORD

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