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Ketels, Olive (1915 - 2007)

Born
11 October 1915
Died
25 August 2007
Occupation
Journalist and Print Journalist

Summary

Olive Ketels learned many aspects of running a country newspaper from her stepfather, George Hopkins, a newspaperman who started many newspapers in the 1920s & 30s in regional Victoria. She was the sole female linotype operator in Victoria, as well as a journalist, subeditor, layout artist and composing room stonehand at the family paper, the Leongatha Echo, which she kept going during the war, when her older brother was away in New Guinea. As a widow with a small child, she later went on to run a very successful business in Warrnambool (a corsetry & lingerie salon!) & was involved in many other aspects of the life of that town.

Details

Events

c. 1940 - c. 1960
Career in journalism active

Sources used to compile this entry: The Women's Pages: Australian Women and Journalism since 1850, Australian Women's Archives Project, 2008, http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/cal/cal-home.html; Email from Jill Wheeler, relative, March 13, 2008.

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