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D'Aprano, Zelda Fay (1928 - )

Born
24 January 1928
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Feminist, Trade unionist, Writer and Dental nurse

Summary

D'Aprano was an active unionist and an activist in the women's movement. She chained herself across the doors of the Commonwealth Building and later the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission in Melbourne, Victoria in protest against the inadequacy of the decision on the Equal Pay case in 1969. D'Aprano was one of the initiators of the Women's Action Committee in 1970, and the Women's Liberation Movement in Melbourne in 1971. She is a current member of the Australian Women's Party and was a member of the Communist Party of Australia from 1950-1971.

Details

Doctor of Laws honoris causa, Macquarie University, 2000. Left school aged 14. Married at 16. Resumed study aged 37, and completed the Leaving Certificate in 1963. Worked as a machininst in the clothing trade. Qualified as a dental nurse in 1961 and worked in this capacity at Larundel Psychiatric Hospital for 15 years. Qualified in Chiropody in 1967. Employed as a clerk in the Meat Industry Union, and as a mail sorter at the General Post Office. D'Aprano was involved in campaigns around Equal Pay for women, the gender-bar at public bars, the Miss Teenage Quest, entitlements of pregnant workers and women's participation in left-wing and workers' movements. D'Aprano was also involved in establishing the Women's Liberation Centre in Little Latrobe St, Melbourne, and was a representative of the Women's Liberation Movement on the International Women's Year committee, 1975. She self-published an autobiography, 'Zelda: the Becoming of a Woman' in 1977; republished by Spinifex Press as 'Zelda' in 1995; Spinifex also published D'Aprano's 'Kath Williams - The Unions and the Fight for Equal Pay,' in 2001. D'Aprano has spoken in numerous forums around Melbourne, as well as on radio and at conferences and has written many articles for magazines, particularly the Women's Liberation Newsletter. In 1995 she received a Special Mention Award from the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies (Canberra) for 'An Outstanding Contribution to Australian Culture'.

Sources used to compile this entry: http://workers.labor.net.au/25/c_tradeshall_dee.html.

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia, Pictorial Collection

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Papers of the Victorian Medical Women's Society, ms 11710; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details
  • Records of Zelda D'Aprano, 1971 - 1987, ms 12573; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details
  • Records of Zelda D'Aprano, 1971 - 1987, ms 12573; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Information provided by Zelda D'Aprano, 101/1; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • Records of Zelda D'Aprano, ? - 1984, 100/231; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • Records of Zelda D'Aprano, 1969 - 1975, 75/58; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

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