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A biographical record of Queensland women, 1939

By Myles Sinnamon, Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland | 8 March 2018

Two portraits - Mrs Florence Emily Hobday (left) and Miss Margery Brownlie Amos (right)

Portrait of Mrs Florence Emily Hobday (left) and Miss Margery Brownlie Amos (right). Taken from Biographical record of Queensland women, 1939

A biographical record of Queensland women : a representation of every sphere showing activities and interests, social, philanthropic, historic, scholastic, sport and travel was published in Brisbane in 1939 by Webb, Elliot & Co.  The 175 page book contains profiles of Queensland women, the majority of whom were alive at the time of publishing. Each personal profile includes information such as background, activities, clubs, hobbies and current address.

Two portraits with biographical details for Miss Scholefield and Dr Dart

Biographical details for Miss Annie Majorie Scholefield (left) and Dr Ellice Ettie Peden Dart (right). Taken from 'Biographical record of Queensland women, 1939' via Trove

According to the editor's note in the preface, eligible candidates for this publication were selected by an advisory committee. The book also contains a foreword written by Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, the Governor of Queensland, who explains the importance of this resource - "This Biographical Record of Queensland Women is a book which is wanted. In nearly every other State in Australia, the work of the women in philanthropic and charitable spheres, is on record, and it is only right that, here in Queensland, there should be a similar record. In addition to such work, it is very necessary that the names of those who have rendered pioneer service - and great service in their lives - should be remembered for all time."

This book has been digitised by the National Library of Australia and can be viewed in full via Trove. Alternatively State Library of Queensland has also digitised all 151 portraits in this publication and can be viewed online via our catalogue, One Search

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