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Carter, Doris Jessie (1912 - 1999)

OBE

Born
5 January 1912
Died
28 July 1999
Occupation
Hockey Player, Olympian, Servicewoman, Sports Administrator and Track and Field Athlete

Summary

Doris Carter became Australia's first women's field athlete to compete at an Olympic Games when she placed sixth in the high jump at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. She also represented Australia in international hockey, and was General Manager of the Australian Women's Team at the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956. A Wing Officer and Director of the Women's RAAF, she was the first woman to fly both the Canberra Bomber and the Vampire Jet. Her proudest moment was in 1996 shen she co-led the Melbourne ANZAC Day parade

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1929 - 1941
Teacher with the Victorian Education Department
1936
Participated at the Berlin Olympic Games - Track and Field Athletics - placed sixth in the high jump
1937 - 1939
Played interstate hockey
1938
Represented Australia at the Empire Games, Sydney
1941 - 1946
Member of the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF)
1946
Officer-in-charge of the WAAAF Victory Contingent to London
1946 - 1948
Department of Post-War Reconstruction
1948 - 1951
Officer-in-charge of the Child and Youth Migration with the Department of Immigration, London
1951 - 1960
Director of the Women's Royal Australian Air Force
1952 - 1961
President of the Australian Women's Amateur Athletic Union
1956
Manager of the Australian Women's Team at the Olympic Games, Melbourne
13 June 1957
Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire
1960
General secretary of the YWCA, Melbourne
1963
Member of the Board of Trustees at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra
1971
Member of the National Fitness Council, Victoria

Sources used to compile this entry: Daniels, Stephanie and Tedder, Anita, A Proper Spectacle: Women Olympians 1900-1936, Celebrating 100 years of women in the Olympics, Walla Walla Press with ZeNaNa Press and the Centre for Olympic Studies, UTS, Petersham, 2000; Legge, J S (ed.), Who's Who in Australia, 1971, 20 edn, The Herald and Weekly Times, Melbourne, 1971, 1024 pp; Thomson, Joyce A, The WAAAF in Wartime Australia, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Vic., 1992, 422 pp.

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Title
Squadron Officer Doris Carter, WAAAF
Type
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Date
c. 1944
Control
VIC0811
Source
Australian War Memorial

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See also

Title
In the outdoors
Type
Image
Date
c. September 1943
Control
VIC1314
Source
Australian War Memorial

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Title
Eleanor Roosevelt speaking to a WAAAF Sergeant
Type
Image
Date
September 1943
Control
VIC1448
Source
Australian War Memorial

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Title
A WAAAF officer trainee prepares a meal over an open fire
Type
Image
Date
September 1943
Control
VIC1300
Source
Australian War Memorial

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Title
WAAAF members walking along a country road.
Type
Image
Date
July 1944
Control
P00094.009
Source
Australian War Memorial

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Title
Members of the Australian Victory Contingent on a visit to Berlin
Type
Image
Date
June 1946
Control
030296/03
Source
Australian War Memorial

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