Fellows of Senate

The first 16 female Fellows of Senate


Unlike the first male 16 Fellows of Senate, who were appointed in December 1850, the first woman Fellow was not appointed until 1916 and it was not until 1975 that there had been 16 women Fellows of Senate.


  Name Career Membership of Senate  
Catherine Dwyer  Catherine (Kate) Dwyer
Photo, University of Sydney Archives
women's activist, schoolteacher and Labor leader Fellow appointed by the Governor 1916–1924
 Dame Constance D'Arcy DBE Dame Constance Elizabeth D’Arcy, DBE
Photo, University of Sydney Archives
women's activist, obstetrician and gynaecologist Fellow elected by the graduates 1919–1949; and Deputy Chancellor 1943-1946
 Eleanour MacKinnon Eleanor MacKinnon
Photo from 'The Sydney Morning Herald', 17 October 1924, National Library of Australia
women's activist, Red Cross leader and founder of the Junior Red Cross Fellow appointed by the Governor 1924–1929
Mary Differs Kidd Mary Differs Kidd
Photo from 'The Sydney Morning Herald', 1 November 1929, National Library of Australia
Staff Inspector of Domestic Science Schools Fellow appointed by the Governor 1929–1934
 Fanny Cohen Fanny Cohen
Photo G3_224_1368, University of Sydney Archives
headmistress Fellow elected by the Fellows 1934–1944, 1949–1959
 Lucy Woodcock Lucy Godiva Woodcock
Photo from 'The Argus', 9 January 1940, National Library of Australia
women's activist, teacher and trade union leader Fellow elected by the graduates 1942–1944
Florinda Katherine Ogilvie MBE  Florinda Katharine Ogilvie, MBE
Photo G3_224_1386, University of Sydney Archives
pioneer in the developing field of medical social work Fellow elected by the graduates 1943–1949
Helen Elizabeth Archdale MBE  Helen Elizabeth Archdale, MBE
Photo from the 'University of Sydney News', University of Sydney Archives 
feminist, headmistress and cricketer Fellow elected by the graduates 1959–1984
Emeritus Professor Dame Leonie Judith Kramer AC DBE  Emeritus Professor Dame Leonie Judith Kramer, AC DBE Professor of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney Fellow 1969–1974, 1989–2001; Deputy Chancellor 1989 - 1991; and Chancellor 1991-2001
Doreen Langley 

Doreen Langley
Photo from 'The Australian Women's Weekly', 6 September 1967, National Library of Australia

nutritionist, educator, and Principal of the Women’s College Fellow elected by the graduates 1969–1974 
Jean Curthoys  Jean Curthoys
Photo from the 'University of Sydney News', 12 September 1973, University of Sydney Archives 
feminist philosopher, author and academic Fellow elected by the students 1973–1974
 Edith May Lees Edith May Lees
Photo from 'AUSTRALIAN BIOCHEMIST', August 2005
Agricultural Chemistry academic at the University of Sydney Fellow - not a Professor - elected by the academic staff 1974–1975
 Helen Jane McNaught Helen Jane McNaught
Photo from the 'University of Sydney News', 25 September 1974, University of Sydney Archives
veterinarian Fellow elected by the students 1975
  Robin June Parsons nurse educator and Emeritus Professor, UTS Fellow elected by and from the graduates 1975–1978
Barbara Constance Wyburn Munro  Barbara Constance Wyburn Munro
Photo from the 'Western Mail', 1 May 1941, National Library of Australia
architect and cricketer  Fellow elected by the Fellows 1975–1979
Daphne Kok Daphne Anne Kok 
Photo, University of Sydney Archives
solicitor and magistrate  Fellow elected by and from the graduates 1975–1982 & 1984–2001; and Deputy Chancellor 1986-1989, 1991-2000