Grata Flos Matilda Greig

Grata Flos Matilda Greig (1880-1958) gained a Bachelor of Laws in Melbourne in 1903. Lobbying resulted in legislation allowing women to be admitted to legal practice in Victoria. On her admission as a barrister and solicitor in 1905 she became the first woman to enter the legal profession in Australia. Altruistic, she advocated Douglas Credit during the 1930s Depression and supported adult education. Courtesy Australian Dictionary of Biography

Events

26 December 1902

First female law graduate

Ada Emily Evans is the first woman to receive a law degree in Australia (from Sydney University), but she is unable to practise until 1921 after successfully lobbying for the enactment of the Women’s Legal Status Act 1918 (NSW). In 1905 Grata Flos Matilda Greig becomes the first woman admitted to practise law in Australia.

TAGS

The jubilee book of the Law School of the University of Sydney, 1890–1940, page 62.