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Kibble, Nita Bernice (1879 - 1962)

Born
1879
Died
1962
Occupation
Librarian

Summary

Nita Kibble was the first woman appointed as a librarian with the New South Wales State Library. Her career began by accident in 1899 when the signature on her appliciation form was misread, and thought to be that of a man.

Details

Kibble joined the State Library of NSW in 1899 and established the Library's first research department in 1918. In 1919 she was appointed Principal Research Officer, and retained the position until her retirement in 1943. Kibble raised her neice, Nita May Dobbie, from birth. Dobbie later established the Kibble Awards for Women Writers in memory of her aunt.

Sources used to compile this entry: Arnot, Jean F., 'Kibble, Nita Bernice (1879-1962)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090585b.htm; National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame.

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Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Jean Fleming Arnot - personal and professional papers, 1890-1995, 1890 - 1995, MLMSS 3147 ADD-ON 2070/1-15; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Anne Heywood

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