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Swinney, Stella Edith (1911 - 1999)

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Born
15 March 1911
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
4 June 1999
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Servicewoman

Summary

Stella Swinney completed her Bachelor of Arts at Sydney University and then worked at Farmer & Coy Ltd, Sydney, before joining the Women's Australian National Services and the Australian Women's Army Service. After completing a course at the Officers' Training School she was posted to New South Wales Line of Command Area. Swinney was responsible for training and administration of the Australian Women's Army Service in New South Wales. She took over from Major Eleanor Manning as Assistant Controller of New South Wales in May 1943.

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Stella Swinney graduated from Sydney University in 1933 with honours in Psychology. She was on a Teaching scholarship, but was unable to get a teaching position, as the Government was not employing teachers in that period of the Great Depression. She joined the retail firm and eventually became staff training officer.

After working in that capacity for eight years, she joined the Australian Women's Army Service and reached the rank of Major.

In 1944 she was invited to join the Department of Post-War Reconstruction to assist with the re-establishment of ex-servicewomen. In 1948 she travelled to Britain as interviewing and selection officer and travelled all over the country interviewing people as prospective migrants for Australia.

In 1951 she returned to Australia and worked for two years as secretary of Sydney University Women's Union, then took a position as Training Officer with Bonds Industries. Her next appointment was as Pesonnel Officer for Grace Bros.

In 1962 she was appointed Principal of Duval College, at the University of New England, Armidale, a position she held for ten years, until 1972.

In June 1973, she accepted a postion as Woman's advisor to Mr J. Douglas Anthony leader of the Country Party in Australia to complete a report on the involvement of women in that party, with suggestions for greater participation for women at all levels, including policy-making.

In her retirement in Canberra she was involved with the Returned Services League and the Penguin Club.

Events

1933 - 1937
Assistant to the Staff Training Officer at Farmer & Coy Ltd, Sydney
1937 - 1941
Staff Training Officer at Farmer & Coy Ltd, Sydney
November 1941 - 12 August 1944
Member of the Australian Women's Army Service
May 1943 - 12 August 1944
Assistant Controller of the Australian Women's Army Service New South Wales Line of Command, she held the rank of Major.

Sources used to compile this entry: Alexander, Joseph A (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 1944, 12 edn, The Herald and Weekly Times, Melbourne, 1944, 906 pp; From Lady Denman to Katy Gallagher: A Century of Women's Contributions to Canberra, Australian Women's Archives Project, February 2013, http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/ldkg; Information supplied by Amy Taylor Update re WANS following email from Neil McGrath, 07/06/05 (B. Lemon).

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  • Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) (1941 - 1947)

    Sevice no: NF278364 Posted to the New South Wales Line of Command Area upon completion of a course at the Officers' Training School. She became Assistant Controller in New South Wales in May 1943

    Date: 1941 - 1944

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Title
Stella Swinney, woman's adviser to Mr J Douglas Anthony, Leader of the Australian Country Party, believes change for women is certain but will come slowly 1973
Type
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Date
1973
Creator
Australian Information Service
Source
Australian Information Service collection. National Library of Australia, vn4591061. Used with permission.

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