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Buttrose, Stroma (1929 - )

Born
29 October 1929
North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Geographer, Teacher, Town planner and University tutor

Summary

Stroma Buttrose went to school at Hopetoun and then Woodlands at Glenelg where her interest in geography and later town planning began. She completed a Diploma in Arts and Education at Adelaide University and at 21 travelled to Europe with her family. After returning to Adelaide she taught Geography while completing a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Geography. In April 1957 she was appointed temporary female draftman's assistant to the government town planner. She organised the Land Use Survey covering Gawler to Willunga and the Development Plan for the Metropolitan Area of Adelaide was published in the Spring of 1963. During 1962 Buttrose was one of ten students doing the Master of Town Planning degree at Adelaide University with Professor Rolf Jensen. In February 1973 she was appointed a Commissioner of the Town Planning Appeal Board/Tribunal, later to become the Environment, Resources and Development Court. She was the first woman to hold that position.

Details

Events

1941 - 1947
Attended Woodlands Church of England Girls' Grammar School
1948 -
Life member of the Woodlands Old Scholars Association
1949
Common law clerk with Thomson, Buttrose, Ross & Lewis, Barristers & Solicitors
1951 -
Member of the Graduates Union at the University of Adelaide
1952 - 1954
Secretary with the Department of Architecture at the School of Mines, South Australia
1953
Winner of the On Dit 21st birthday litarary competition with three poems
1954 - 1956
President of the Woodlands Old Scholars Association
1954 - 1956
Geography teacher at St Peter's Collegiate School, North Adelaide
1955 -
Member of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (SA)
1955 - 1956
Tutor in geography at the University of Adelaide
1956 -
Geography teacher at The Wilderness School, Medindie, South Australia
1957 - 1958
Vice-chair of the Young Contingent with the Victoria League
1957 - 1973
Member of the Royal Australian Planning Institute
1957 - 1973
Planning officer with the State Planning Office, South Australia
1960 -
Life Member of the National Trust of Australia (SA)
1960 - 1962
Member of the Commonwealth Counciol of the Fellowship of Australian Writers
1960 - 1972
Member, later a Fellow, of the Fellowship of Australian Writers
1966 - 1969
Tutor in town planning with the South Australian Institute of Technology (SAIT)
1966 - 1972
Vice-president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (SA)
1967 - 1973
Council member of the National Trust of Australia (SA)
1968 -
Member of the Australian Conservation Foundation
1969 -
Member of the Zonta Club of Adelaide
1969 -
Member of the Queen Adelaide Club
1970s
Member of the Children's Book Council
1971 - 1973
Member of the National Council of Women
1973 - 1999
Commissioner of the Planning Appeal Board, South Australia
1975 -
Life Member of the RSPCA
1975
Publishers Rigby commissioned her to write a children's reader, City Planning in Australia
1977 -
Member of the Australian Society of Authors
1977 -
Member of the Poets Union of SA
1977 -
Council member at Woodlands CEGGS Inc.
1977 -
Life Member of the Friends of the State Library of South Australia
1977 - 1979
Vice-president of the Society of Women Writers of Australia (SA)
1980 -
Life Member of the Royal Zoological Society of SA Inc.
1980 -
Council member of the Workers Educational Association of SA Inc.

Sources used to compile this entry: AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource, 2002, http://www.austlit.edu.au/; Lofthouse, Andrea (ed.), Who's Who of Australian Women, Methuen Australia, North Ryde (NSW), 1982, 504 pp. p. 97.; http://www.catalog.slsa.sa.gov.au:1083/search/dButtrose%2C+Stroma%2C+1929-/dbuttrose+stroma+1929/-5,-1,0,B/frameset&FF=dbuttrose+stroma+1929&1,1, accessed 2004-04-20 and AustLit entry - 2002, http://www.austlit.edu.au, accessed 2004-04-20.

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia

  • [Conversation with Stroma Buttrose] [sound recording] / [interviewer: Hazel de Berg], 24 February 1978, 22883; de Berg, Hazel Estelle (1913 - 1984); National Library of Australia. Details

National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room

  • [Biographical cuttings on Stroma Buttrose, master town planner]; National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room. Details

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • Interview with Stroma Buttrose [sound recording] Interviewer: Yvonne Abbott, 2 January 1989, SRG 438/29/55; Buttrose, Stroma (1929 - ); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

Anne Heywood and Robin Secomb

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