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Flos Greig, Australia’s first woman lawyer with Iola Mathews

March 21, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

$10 – $20

The first woman to be admitted to legal practice in Australia, Greig was at the vanguard of ‘the graceful incoming of a revolution’ as described by then Chief Justice Sir John Madden, as he presided over the ceremony granting her admission to the Victorian bar in August 1905 (The Advertiser, 1905). Remarkable, courageous, adventurous, involved and articulate, Flos Greig stands as an important trail-blazer for Australian women.

We are delighted that Iola Mathews OAM, will deliver the 2023 Women’s History Month Lecture, part of our Distinguished Speakers series. Iola, journalist and author, has written about her ancestors and her own life in several books. She will talk about her latest book Flos Greig: Australia’s First Woman Lawyer, and will touch on Chequered Lives, about her pioneer ancestors in South Australia, and Winning for Women: A Personal Story, about her time in the women’s movement in the 1970s and 1980s.
This event will be chaired by historian, Dr Judith Smart AM FRHSV.



Please note that this is a hybrid event – offered both in person at the RHSV, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne and via Zoom. Ticket buyers will be automatically sent an email confirmation of their purchase and those attending via Zoom will be sent the Zoom log-in details 24 hours before the event. Please check your Junk or Spam mail folders as sometimes automatically generated emails fall foul of spam filters.

As with all RHSV events, we serve drinks from 5:30pm – 6pm when the lecture will start. Please note that the Zoom event will start at 6pm.

Those attending the event will be given a $10 discount when they buy a copy of Flos Greig. A discount code will be sent to ticket-holders.


March 21, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
$10 – $20
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