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Jeffreys, Irene Florence (1913 - 2004)


22 June 1913
London, England
8 June 2004
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Irene Jeffreys was born in London, England. She migrated to Australia in 1922 with her parents. Determined from the age of 12 to be an accountant, Irene attended Adelaide Technical High school. She went to work at the age of 16 but studied for the Federal Institute of Accountants diploma at night at the School of Mines. In 1942 she was the first South Australian woman to qualify by examination for the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Irene's accountancy practice and personal interests included much involvement in the Church of England, particularly the Church Missionary Society and the General Synod, where she pioneered the involvement of South Australian women. Irene supported the movement for the ordination of women and is herself licensed as a lay preacher. For many years she was involved with the National Council of Women. On 3 June 1978 Irene Jeffreys was appointed an Officer to the Order of the British Empire for service to the church, women, children and the aged.

Sources used to compile this entry:,-1,0,B/frameset&FF=ajeffreys+irene+1913&1,1, accessed 2004-02-02.

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  • Interview with Irene Jeffreys [sound recording] Interviewer: Helen Chryssides, 5 August 1994, OH 250/21; Oral History of Women's Political Activity; J. D. Somerville Oral History Collection; Jeffreys, Irene Florence (1913 - 2004); State Library of South Australia. Details

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