History books about notable people connected with Port Adelaide & environs usually feature men; Ship’s
Captains, Mayors, Business Men, Speculators, Land Holders, Builders, Councillors, Service Personnel, Politicians, Harbourmasters; which is not surprising, given the historical social structures of those days.
With a few exceptions; stories of Port Adelaide women, women’s movements & women’s groups tend to have only appeared spasmodically in publications. So, it is refreshing to hear of Denise George’s new biography ‘Mary Lee’, suffragist and social activist, who “was determined to leave the world a better place” (Wakefield Press)
who had Port connections.
Inspired by a bequest to honour the lives, memory and contribution of the late Lawrie Shields (long-time PAHS Historian, Secretary & Portonian Editor) and his very supportive wife & Committee member Dorothy, the Society has initiated a project of research, to bring together a collection of historical material about ‘Women of Port
Adelaide’ with a view to potential publication in modern & traditional media.
Our team will present a summary of their work to date.