Remarkable Aussie Women

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Nora Heysen (11 January 1911 - 30 December 2003) was an Australian artist, the first woman to win the prestigious Archibald Prize in 1938 for portraiture and the first Australian woman appointed as an official war artist. The first Australian official female war artist. Daughter of the renowned landscape painter Hans Heysen, Nora established her own reputation as an artist in war and in peacetime.

Nora Heysen January 1911 - 30 December was an Australian artist, the first woman to win the prestigious Archibald Prize in 1938 for portraiture and the first Australian woman appointed as an official war artist.

"Mme Elink Schuurman" - The painting that won Nora Heysen the Archibald Prize in 1938.

Winner: Archibald Prize 1938 Nora Heysen Title : Mme Elink Schuurman Medium : oil on canvas

Portrait of NFX173196 Private Gwynneth Patterson, Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS), 2nd Australian Blood and Serum Preparations Unit. by Nora Heysen.

Portrait of Private Gwynneth Patterson, Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS), Australian Blood and Serum Preparations Unit. by Nora Heysen.

Sister Minnie Sutherland Goldstein, WFX32605, of the Australian Army Nursing Service working in the blood bank of 111 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Alexishafen. She is working on medical equipment relating to blood bank services such as blood transfusions. by war artist Nora Heysen.

Sister Minnie Sutherland Goldstein, of the Australian Army Nursing Service working in the blood bank of 111 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Alexishafen. She is working on medical .

Can a woman be an artist and a wife? The Adelaide Mail of 21 Jan 1939 asks, after Nora Heysen becomes the first Australian woman to win the Archibald Prize.

Can a woman be an artist and a wife? The Adelaide Mail of 21 Jan 1939 asks, after Nora Heysen becomes the first Australian woman to win the Archibald Prize.

Captain Nora Heysen at a Casualty Clearing Station, at Finschhafen, New Guinea. As a War artist Nora met the man she would marry, during World War II.

Captain Nora Heysen at a Casualty Clearing Station, at Finschhafen, New Guinea. As a War artist Nora met the man she would marry, during World War II.

Elizabeth Kinney --A nurse from Australia. Worked in the U.S. and was adored by millions who gave faithfully to The March of Dimes. A pioneer whose common sense methods revolutionized the field of polio aftercare, she was abrasively independent which won her no friends among the medical establishment. Yet, her patients praised her highly.

Nurse Elizabeth Kenny devised a revolutionary polio treatment; sadly, Australia's medical establishment refused to take her seriously. She went to the US and Britain, where her work was accepted far more readily.

"Transport driver (Aircraftswoman Florence Miles)" by Nora Heysen. Her portraits of women were uncompromising in their authority. In this portrait Heysen combines the heroic with the everyday stoicism of women who just get on with the job. Florence Miles inspires confidence; she is feminine and strong. Her committed gaze through the windscreen together with the RAAF flag, visible through her window, play like a confident anthem on the road to the allies’ victory.

"Transport driver (Aircraftswoman Florence Miles)" by Nora Heysen.

Nora Heysen - seated nude, back view, 1956 drawing conte crayon and charcoal on paper

Nora Heysen - seated nude, back view, 1956 drawing conte crayon and charcoal on paper

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