13 August 2020


Helen Wiles grew up in Sydney’s east and attended secondary school at Ascham in Edgecliff. She was a very bright student and topped her class every year. She achieved “Honours” in 10 subjects in the Intermediate. Although school dux in 1939, her father considered her too young as a 16 year old to go to […]

2 May 2019

Rosalind HINDE BSc (Hons) PhD

Marine biologist Professor Rosalind Hinde was the daughter of novelist, critic and writers’ advocate Barbara Tarlton Jefferis and well-known Australian film critic and ABC journalist, John Hinde. Rosalind was educated at Abbotsleigh School before entering the University of Sydney and Women’s College. She held Commonwealth Scholarships in addition to a number of college scholarships. Rosalind […]

2 May 2019


Suzanne attended Pymble Ladies College and in 1982 entered medical school at Sydney University, residing at Women’s College. She did her internship at Hornsby and Ryde hospitals, and residency in the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Royal Hospital for Women and Sydney Hospital. Suzanne trained in General Practice and worked in Sydney and Melbourne before […]

2 May 2019


Beverley was born in Casino, New South Wales. She graduated from the local high school second in the state in physics and chemistry, and studied medicine at the University of Sydney, living at Women’s College for six years. Beverley worked as a general practitioner before becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand […]

2 May 2019

Betty Marks (McEWEN) OAM MBBS

Betty Jean Harvard McEwen was born at Oatley, Sydney, the second of three children born to Dr Bruce and Bessie McEwen.  Betty was educated at Marsden Church of England Girls’ School at Bathurst.  After leaving school Betty took a job with the Commercial Bank of Sydney as a ledger keeper and in 1943 entered The […]

22 May 2015

Hazel Claire WEEKES, M.B.E. BSc, DSc, MBBS

Medical Practitioner, Broadcaster on Anxiety Neuroses (1904-90) Dr. CLAIRE WEEKES came to College from Sydney Girls’ High School in 1922. She was awarded the Yaralla Scholarship and studied science. Her other gifts included a fine singing voice, considerable energy, and an outgoing personality which made her a popular member of the College community. She graduated […]

22 May 2015

Lindsey Fairfield SMITH BSc, PhD

Astronomer et al Lindsey Smith studied initially at Sydney University and obtained her Doctorate of Philosophy from the Australian National University. She pursued a distinguished career in astronomy research with positions at Mount Stromlo Observatory, Canberra, the University of California, the University of Colorado, Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland, University of Liege and Max […]

22 May 2015

Patricia Selkirk (CONNELL) PhD

Scientist Terrestrial scientist Dr Patricia Selkirk was awarded the Australian Antarctic Medal in 2004. Patricia has been a member of 17 Antarctic expeditions since 1979, and has spent a total of 25 months in the harsh conditions of the Antarctic and sub Antarctic, particularly on Macquarie Island, the World Heritage listed site 1500 km south-east […]

22 May 2015

Grace JOHNSTON, Dip Massage, MBBS

Medical Practitioner GRACE JOHNSTON was born in Sydney in 1906. Her father was Swedish, with Scottish connections and her mother was an Australian of English and Danish ancestry. As a child Grace learned to use tools in preference to playing with dolls, and so acquired skills which were to be of particular use in adult […]

22 May 2015


Nuclear Physicist JOAN FREEMAN, a great Australian, a nuclear physicist who helped unlock some of the secrets of the universe, died 18 March 1998. Her story is outlined in her autobiography, A Passion for Physics, an engaging story of a woman achieving against the odds. She might have grown up to be a ballet dancer, […]


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