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Women of Stephens Book Launch

July 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Annerley-Stephens History Group Inc. invites you to the launch of their newest book:

On Saturday 30 July from 3pm to 5pm

At The Clubhouse Moorooka, 76 Koala Road, Moorooka, 4015.

Women of Stephens will be launched by former Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson AO.

Who is the Annerley-Stephens History Group? 

The Annerley-Stephens History Group (ASHG) Inc was formed in 2013. Their area covers the former Stephens Shire Council (1886-1975) which was incorporated into the Brisbane City Council in 1925. Suburbs include Yeerongpilly, Tennyson, Yeronga, Fairfield, Annerley, Tarragindi, Holland Park West, parts of Moorooka, Greenslopes and Mt Gravatt. In 2017 they were awarded the John Oxley Library Community History Award for their continued and highly successful community project the Frank and Eunice Corley House Photo project.

The group has convened four local history conferences each one of which has resulted in a publication of the papers from the previous conference.

What Is the Women of Stephens book?

The ASHG Women of Stephens Local History Conference convened by Kate Dyson, Pauline Peel and Denis Peel was held on 16 October 2021. The papers from the conference have been published in the Women of Stephens.

The conference and the publication are supported by the Lord Mayors Community Fund through the local Councillors and by the local State and Federal members of Parliament.

The conference featured stories of women from all walks of life and backgrounds who lived and worked in the Stephens and surrounding area of the Southside of Brisbane. The program included First Nations women, convict women, women who lived through World Wars, women who have broken new territory in their chosen professions and generations who have lived, worked and raised children in the area.

It is interesting to note that the Stephens Shire Council which operated from 1886 had been represented over that time by 52 male councillors and no women. Today the old Stephens Shire area is represented in the Brisbane City Council by three women councillors, Cr Nicole Johnston, Cr Krista Adams, and Cr Fiona Cunningham, and one male Cr Steve Griffiths.

Amongst the many women featured in the book are: author Jessica Anderson, twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award who grew up in Yeronga; Annie Anderson McKenzie, teacher and local historian; the forgotten nurses of WW1; Dr Muriel Pawlik, GP and astronomer; Lady Cilento – Medical Mother; the pilot Ivy Hassard and; the women hat makers of Fairfield.

The papers included in the Women of Stephens publication:

  • The Headwomen of the Chepara People – Katharine Wiltshire
  • From Kangaroo Point to Ipswich: tracing femail convict lives – Jan Richardson
  • Annie Anderson MacKenzie – from along the Boggo Track – Jeanette Wiley
  • Two maiden Neil Aunts of Annerley and their multi-generational legacies – Liza Neil
  • The Nurses of WW1 Why have we forgotten Them? – Professor Linda Shields
  • Gwyneth Richardson: First Women Pharmacist in the Australian Defence Force – Dr Michael Macklin
  • We Just Called Her “Toodie” – Dr Muriel Rose Pawlik (nee Broe) – Rose Broe
  • Lady Cilento – Stephen Sheaffe AM
  • ‘Keep it Under Your Hat’ – a little known story of the Fairfield Hat Factory – Sue Monk and Lachlan Hurse
  • Calling Paul Gubar a dressmaker is like calling a Ferrari just a mode of transport – Kerry Forsythe
  • Jessica Anderson’s Yeronga: the importance of reading and imagining place – Dr Ruth Blair and Dr Ashley Hay
  • The Brisbane Line – a fictional walk through wartime Brisbane – Judy Powell
  • Maude Summerlin – florist – Wendie Hirsch
  • Just around the Corner, some local women: Kate Dyson
  • Betty Elaine (Elizabeth) Steele: Richard Steele
  • Four Generations in Annerley-Stephens – Georgina Dove
  • Marjory Grimes – Tracey Olivieri
  • Mabel Alice Love: Kathryn Watters
  • One of the Forgotten – Ivy May Hassard – Natasha Heap


This is a free event – tickets available at this link – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-of-stephens-book-launch-ashg-inc-tickets-366624753507


The Clubhouse Moorooka
76 Koala Road
Moorooka, Queensland 4105 Australia
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