Women of Hornsby Shire: Selected Lives

Women of Hornsby Shire: Selected Lives

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The lives of fourteen women associated with the Hornsby Shire.

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The lives of fourteen women who lived and worked in the Hornsby Shire are explored in this book. Two of the women were born in the mid to late 19th century, six others in the first decade and the remainder in the first half of the 20th century. All were intelligent, resourceful and enterprising women who contributed to society in many different ways. The Victorian women, Sarah Louisa Hazelwood, whose family developed an orchard and plant nursery in Epping, and Alexandra Shadie, a Lebanese woman who ran the kiosk at Kangaroo Point were both very hard working, hospitable, caring and community-minded women. Of the early 20th century women, Betty Archdale, the daughter of an English suffragette, migrated to Australia, and became a senior education administrator and reformer; she greatly influenced the young women under her care both at university and high school. The Australian women of this group were amongst the earliest graduates of the University of Sydney: Marie Byles, the first woman solicitor in NSW, and also a pioneer in mountaineering, bushwalking and wildlife conservation; Joyce Vickery, a botanist and conservationist, and Ruby Payne-Scott, a physicist and mathematician, all became well-known in their professions. Also Nell McCredie, a graduate in architecture, who established a pottery at Epping, and Olive Cotton, who became a professional photographer; her work is held in many Australian galleries. More recent graduates include Catherine Prime, who became the first woman actuary in NSW and Carol English, the youngest Head of Arts appointed to a NSW secondary school. Other valuable contributions to Hornsby Shire were made by Vera Rowley as a nurse, and three of the early women members of Hornsby Shire Council: Mary Kirby, Elsie Munro and Edie Parrish. They were involved in many community organisations and brought to Council a new perspective on many social and cultural issues. Some of these women fought hard for women's rights, to reduce discrimination in the work place, and to gain equality in salaries. Almost all were intensely independent with determination and strength to overcome the challenges that they faced. This book will appeal to everyone interested in the history of the Hornsby Shire and particularly to those with an interest in women's place in society. Soft cover, vi + 94, illustrations, notes, index.

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Short Description The lives of fourteen women associated with the Hornsby Shire.
Weight (g) 246.0000
Author Jocelyn Powell, editor
Publisher Deerubbin Press in association with Hornsby Shire Council
Date Published 2012
ISBN 978-0-9871742-1-5
Size 249mm x176mm

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