- Businesswoman and Philanthropist
- Alternative Names
- Pearson, Gertrude Mary (maiden name)
On the slopes of Capitol Hill, overlooking a vast plain and the wandering Molonglo, Lady Denman pronounced in a clear voice, 'I name the capital of Australia - Canberra'. It was Wednesday, 12 March 1913. While Lady Denman performed the naming rites her husband, the Governor-General, Lord Denman, laid a commemorative foundation stone. The site for the city was selected in accordance with Section 125 of the Constitution which stipulated that the federal seat of government would be located within the state of New South Wales, but not within a 100-mile radius of Sydney.
While playing her role in the creation of Canberra with aplomb, Lady Denman was destined for a higher realm of public duties, later becoming famous as 'chairman' of both the National Federation of Women's Institutes and the National Birth Control Association in Britain.