This exhibition is an outcome from The Trailblazing Women and the Law project, a collaboration between the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne.

This research was generously supported by the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects funding scheme (project number LP120200367), and project partners: Australian Women Lawyers, Family Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, National Foundation for Australian Women and the National Library of Australia.

Researchers on this project include the Principal Investigator, Professor Kim Rubenstein, Chief Investigators Associate Professor Gavan McCarthy and Helen Morgan and Partner Investigator Kevin Bradley.

Dr Nikki Henningham is the Researcher/Coordinator of the project and Larissa Halonkin has been the Researcher on the project with Louise Baker undertaking research on a PhD under the project.

Oral histories were undertaken by Professor Kim Rubenstein and Dr Nikki Henningham. Writing for the exhibition entries was undertaken by Professor Kim Rubenstein, Helen Morgan, Dr Nikki Henningham, and Larissa Halonkin.

Indispensible support was provided by Juliette Brodsky, Marina Loane and Nicola Silbert in the development and collection of material for the online exhibition.

We also thank the various individuals who responded to calls for personal reflections on their life journeys who were not interviewed as part of the oral history component of the project whose reflections enrich the collection.

Work on the website, including research data management, implementation and design, was undertaken by Helen Morgan, Dr Nikki Henningham, Larissa Halonkin and Russ Weakley (MaxDesign).

Australian Women Lawyers as Active Citizens uses the Online Heritage Resource Manager, a tool developed by the eScholarship Research Centre, part of the University Library at the University of Melbourne.

Data collection and currency

This online exhibition relies largely on data collected from 2012-16. In addition, material on women lawyers in the Australian Women's Register that had been collected before that time was also incorporated into the exhibition. Each of the entries in this online exhibition links back to the woman's entry in the Australian Women's Register. Unlike this exhibition, which is a point-in-time exhibition, the Australian Women's Register includes material, funding permitting, that updates information about the individuals. More up-to-date information on individuals in this exhibition post 30 June 2016 may appear in the Australian Women's Register entry for that individual.

Image credits

Many images in this exhibition have been supplied by the women themselves and photographers are credited where known.

Some images were taken of interviewees at the time of interview, credited to Kim Rubenstein.

The images on the home page are: Flos Greig, Megan Davis (courtesy of UNSW), Lyma Nguyen and Joan Rosanove.


We would also like to thank those supporters who donated funds to support the creation of this online exhibition.

Please consider making a tax-deductible financial contribution towards this project. Your financial contribution to the Trailblazing Women and the Law Project's online exhibition will allow us to maintain and extend the exhibition's data. It will also ensure a broad audience can interact with the important stories of Australian trailblazing women lawyers.

As a Linkage Partner on the Trailblazing Women and the Law Project, the National Foundation for Australian Women is providing an online platform to collect donations. To donate, please visit and select ‘Trailblazing Women and the Law’ from the dropdown menu of Organisation or funds. Remember donations made through the National Foundation for Australian Women are tax-deductible. Please retain the receipt for your tax return.

If you have any questions about the project, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Kim Rubenstein at

Kim Rubenstein and Lyma Nguyen at the launch of Australian Women Lawyers as Active Citizens at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, 16 November 2016 (Image: Helen Morgan)