Dame Quentin Bryce is the Patron of the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame. Dame Quentin is a pioneer in contemporary Australian society. She studied law and arts and was one of the first women to be admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1965. She was a lecturer and tutor in law at the University of Queensland (1968-1983), becoming the first woman to be appointed to the faculty; Convenor of the National Women’s Advisory Council (1982-1984); the first Director of the Queensland Women’s Information Service (1984-1987); the Queensland Director of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (1987-1988); the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner (1988-1993); the founding Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the National Childcare Accreditation Council (1993-1996); the Principal and Chief Executive of The Women’s College, University of Sydney (1997-2003); and Governor of Queensland (2003-2008), before being sworn in as Governor-General of Australia. She is also the mother of five children. Dame Quentin Bryce features on our Signature Quilt and in our permanent exhibition Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: First in their Field.
Dame Quentin Bryce was our honoured guest for our 2015 International Women’s Day Open Day. Information on our weekend of events celebrating International Women’s Day 2015 can be found below.
Further information on Dame Quentin Bryce can be found at the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia webpage.
Our Co-Patron is Gaby Kennard. In 1989, Gaby became the first Australian woman to fly solo around the world, a journey which took 99 days. The story of this journey is told in her book Solo Woman: Gaby Kennard’s World Flight and in the documentary Gaby Kennard Solo Woman. Gaby features in our permanent exhibition Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: First in their Field. She was our honoured guest for our 2014 International Women’s Day Open Day.
Further information on Gaby Kennard can be found on her webpage.