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The University of Adelaide: Pioneering Women’s Right to Higher Education

Gender relations and attitudes towards women have been very much to the fore in the current national political debate. At the centre of course is Australia’s first female Prime Minister. Many would know that Julia Gillard studied with the University of Adelaide between 1979 and 1981, and that it’s here that she first demonstrated a […]

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Mary Ethel and Hilda Josephine: the other Floreys

University of Adelaide graduate and Nobel laureate, Howard Florey, is often called one of the greatest Australians who ever lived due to his ground-breaking research into penicillin. However, there were two other Floreys with distinguished medical and scientific careers – his older sister, Hilda, and his wife, Ethel.
Hilda Josephine Florey was born in 1890 at […]

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Edith Emily Dornwell and the Research Centre for Women’s Studies – Part One

1985 marked the centenary of the graduation of Edith Emily Dornwell, the University of Adelaide’s first woman graduate. Dornwell’s admittance to the degree of Bachelor of Science was notable as the University was second only to the University of London to grant degrees to women. The inclusion of a clause in the Royal Letters Patent allowing the […]

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