19 April 2021

Professor Melanie Nolan talks Irish-born Australian Women

| Shayna Siakimotu
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Friends of Ireland is hosting Professor Melanie Nolan for a talk about Irish-born Australian women. Photo: Supplied.

Friends of Ireland is hosting a talk with Professor Melanie Nolan of the ANU on Irish-born Australian Women in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Melanie Nolan is professor of history, Director of the National Centre of Biography and General Editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, ANU.

Some notable figures whose stories will be discussed will be Martha Simpson, a Kindergarten teacher and school inspector, education pioneer and poet and Mary Lee, a women’s suffragist and activist, trade unionist, social reformer, welfare worker and Single Taxer.

Irish-born Australian women are underrepresented in the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB). Of the 4496 entries for people from Great Britain and Ireland, 696 or 15 per cent, are Irish. Irish made up about 27 percent of the immigrants from the British Isles in 1891. A quarter of those Irish-born in the ADB are women which is again an underrepresentation.

While underrepresented, however, the Irish-born women in the ADB are a diverse group of significant and representative Australians, including nuns, businesswomen a saint and a courtesan.

As this is a COVID safe event, it is essential that attendees RSVP by emailing handson@iinet.net.au.

The details

When: Sunday 18 April 2021
Where: Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson St, Weston ACT 2611
Cost: Free, RSVP to handson@iinet.net.au.

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