- Catherine Spence (1826-1910)
Catherine Spence emigrated to Adelaide with her parents in 1839. During her career in Australia she became Australia's first female political candidate, first woman journalist and novelist and a lifelong campaigner for women's suffrage and proportional representation. She wrote the first legal studies textbooks published in Australia and her novels were laced with social comment.
Her name became a household word and during her lifetime she was often referred to as "Australia's Greatest Woman." There is a statue to her in Adelaide. A plaque to a Scotswoman who contributed greatly to the development of Australia in the 19th century was unveiled in 1999 at her birthplace in Melrose> in the Scottish Borders.
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