Roma the First: A Biography of Dame Roma Mitchell

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Wakefield Press, 2007 - Governors - 465 pages
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Here is Roma Flinders Mitchell, 1913-2000, a life spanning a century that transformed the position of women, changes she led. She was the first woman chancellor of an Australian university, the first woman in Australia to be made a Queen's Counsel and to be appointed a judge in a superior court and the first woman Governor of an Australian State. Roma Mitchell's life is also a story about contradictions. A life-long and devout Catholic, her religion aligned her with Irish working-class Outsiders, yet she gained a position at the heart of the Protestant Establishment, in a world almost exclusively of men.
 

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Contents

Growing Up Caring Competitive
1
A British Society in the Great Depression
27
World War Two
59
Life and Loss
74
World War
80
Out of the Frozen Fifties
89
The Lady Lawyer at Work
98
Out Out into a Modernising World
106
In Practice
245
Citizen of the World
251
Romance?
262
Connecting the Nation with the World
275
iH Contradictions and Continuities
297
Chancellor of the University of Adelaide
312
The Daily Round at SeventyPlus
328
Occupation
337

The World Arrives in Adelaide
120
A Woman on the Crest of a Wave
133
A Female Silk at Work
142
The Nureyev of Australian Politics
153
The Golden Years
165
ere Roma the Reformer
221
Chapter luetic Epilogue
395
Notes
401
Bibliography
437
Index
455
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