- 11 May 1896
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
- 8 April 1974
Frankston, Victoria, Australia
- Barrister, Lawyer, Queen's Counsel and Solicitor
- Alternative Names
- Lazarus, Joan (Birth name)
Joan Rosanove completed her legal studies at the University of Melbourne, and was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in June 1919. In 1923 she became the first woman in Victoria to sign the Victorian Bar roll. The bulk of her work was in criminal and matrimonial cases. Rosanove was appointed Q.C. in 1965, and took silk in New South Wales two years later. She made a significant contribution to legal reform, particularly as it concerned the status of women.
Sources used to compile this entry: Falk, Barbara, 'Rosanove, Joan Mavis (1896-1974)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A160151b.htm; Women Barristers in Victoria: Then and Now, 2007, https://www.vicbar.com.au/wba/.