Florence Violet McKenzie OBE (1890–1982) was Australia's first female electrical engineer, founded the Women's Emergency Signalling Corps (WESC) and promoted technical education for women. She got her female trainees accepted into the all-male Navy, as the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS). 12,000 servicemen learned Morse code & semaphore at her Sydney school. She set up her own electrical contracting business in 1918 & was the first Australian woman amateur radio operator.
Lady Lamington was renowned for her charitable work and was approached by others to investigate options for women who could not afford to pay for private medical attendance. Her efforts came to fruition in November 1900 when the Lady Lamington Hospital for Women was opened in Brisbane. The hospital was a great benefit to women across Queensland and patients came from far and wide to access the hospital’s services.
King Billy (seated with a stone axe) and King Sandy or Kerwalli watch over a dispute between two men over two women, seated on the far left and far right of the shot. King Sandy was frequently deferred to by early white settlers in Brisbane as the Aborigines King of Brisbane.
AN END TO GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE ON A GLOBAL SCALE...Greetings from ‘a surprisingly warm’ Brisbane, The world changed this week, I hope you all didn’t miss it. This week, to be exact on March 15 top UN officials welcomed an agreement by more than 130 Member States on the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls. More information at http://www.crystalchannelers.com/blog/author-talk---an-end-to-gender-based-violence-on-a-global-scale/
http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2004/04/21/merle_thornton.jpg Merle Thornton and Ro Bogner chained themselves to the bar in the public bar (where women were banned) at the Regatta Hotel in Brisbane and ordered themselves a beer. #tellafeministthankyou