Julia Margaret (Bella) Guerin

Julia Margaret (Bella) Guerin (1858-1923) was, in 1883, the first woman to graduate from an Australian university (Melbourne). She became a teacher and activist. Her dual membership of non-party womenís political organisations and the Australian Labor Party proved untenable and she experienced tensions as a socialist feminist within the Labor Party. She defended civil liberties and promoted womenís participation in public life. Courtesy Australian Dictionary of Biography

Events

1 January 1880

Women admitted to university

For the first time, women are admitted to lectures and examinations at an Australian university — The University of Melbourne. Julia Bella Guerin is the first woman to graduate from an Australian university in 1883.

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