Students at the University of Sydney

Early women students

Isabel Millar (later Jones)

Isabel (Bell) Millar (later Jones) was one of first four women admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture course, in 1917.


Her early years

Isabel Millar was the youngest daughter of Captain and Mrs J C Millar of Clarence Town, NSW.

Her student days at the University of Sydney

Isabel was one of four women admitted in 1917 to the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture course. She passed her 1st year exams in December 1917 in Chemistry 1 and Botany 1, and the following March passed Physics 1. However, she did not continue at University.

Her career

Isabel was married to Herbert (Bert) Godfrey Littlewood Jones on 2 April 1924 by her brother, Reverend Norman Stuart Millar BA Sydney at St Stephen's Presbyterian Church, Sydney.

In 1925 the couple moved to Tenterfield where Herbert was Manager of the Tenterfield branch of the Australian Bank of Commerce Limited. Her husband took an active part in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the town and district. He was president and a playing member of the Tenterfield Cricket Association and also of the Tennis Association, and was associated with all other sporting bodies.

In 1927 he was appointed Manager of the Cairns branch of the bank, and became Treasurer of the Cairns Amateur Operatic Society, contributing to its success by his 'keen interest and sound business methods' (Cairns Post, 9 April 1930).

In 1930 he transferred to Sydney with his family.

Her husband, then Manager of the Bank of New South Wales at Burrowa, died suddenly in 1942.


Information sources
  • National Library of Australia historic newspapers
  • University of Sydney Calendar archive