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Fidler, Isabel Margaret (1869 - 1952)

MBE

Born
21 March 1869
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
5 June 1952
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Academic and Women's rights activist

Summary

Isabel Fidler was tutor to women students at the University of Sydney. She was an office bearer in all the university women's societies. She was also active in a range of women's groups including the National Council of Women (New South Wales Branch.)

Details

Education

Isabel Margaret Fidler attended Emily Baxter's Argyle School in Surry Hills. She enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney in 1895. She graduated in 1898 with first class honours in English, French and Latin.

Career

Fidler taught briefly at the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Croydon. In 1900 she was appointed tutor to women students at the University of Sydney, a position she held until 1939.

Activism/Community work

Fidler was an office bearer in all the university women's societies, as well as several non-university groups.

Events

1900 - 1921
Vice-president - Sydney University Women's Society (Sydney University Women's Settlement)
1903 - 1908
President - Sydney University Women's Union
c. 1912 - c. 1932
Vice-president - National Council of Women of New South Wales
1912 - 1937
Convenor of the Education Committee - National Council of Women of New South Wales
1915 - 1921
President - Sydney University Women's Union
1920 - c. 1952
Serving Committee member - Sydney University Women Graduates' Association
1921 - 1932
Chair of committees - Sydney University Women's Society (Sydney University Women's Settlement)
1923 - 1925
President - Sydney University Women's Union
1927 - 1928
President - Sydney University Women's Union
1928
President - Sydney University Women Graduates' Association
1928 - 1933
Member of the Executive Committee - Board of Social Study and Training
1929 - 1939
Vice-president - Sydney University Women's Union
1932 - 1945
President - Sydney University Settlement
1934 - 1940
Vice-president - Board of Social Study and Training
1939
Member of the British Empire (MBE) - For services to education
1945 - 1952
President - Sydney University Settlement
1946
Appointed an honorary life Vice-President - Sydney University Women Graduates' Association

Sources used to compile this entry: Bygott, Ursula and Cable, K. J., Pioneer Women Graduates of the University of Sydney 1881-1921, University of Sydney, Sydney, University of Sydney, Sydney, 1985; Jacobs, Marjorie, 'Fidler, Isabel Margaret (1869-1952)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A080519b.htm.

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