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Macdonald, Louisa (1858 - 1949)

Born
10 December 1858
Arbroath, Forfarshire, Scotland
Died
28 November 1949
London, England
Occupation
Educationalist, Suffrage activist and Women's rights activist

Summary

Louisa Macdonald was the first Principal of the Women's College at the University of Sydney.

Details

As Principal of the Women's College, Macdonald played an active role in university life. She was involved in the Sydney University Women's Association, which she helped found in 1892; the University Women's Society (University Settlement); and the Women's Club.

During the 1890s she was also active in the Womanhood Suffrage League of New South Wales and the Women's Literary Society.

In 1907 Macdonald was the first woman to stand for the University Senate, but was defeated.

Events

1884
Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in classics, University of London
1886
Master of Arts, University of London
c. 1887 -
Worked as a private tutor, and as a researcher in classical antiquities at the British Museum.
c. 1890 - c. 1910
While Principal of Women's College, Macdonald continued to pursue her interest in classics, lecturing and cataloguing the Greek vases in the Nicholson Musuem of Antiquities.
1892
Moved to Australia to become the founding Principal of the Women's College, University of Sydney
1907
First woman to stand for the University of Sydney Senate, but was defeated
1914 - 1915
Vice-President of the Classical Association of New South Wales
1919
Returned to London, where she joined the council of the University of London

Sources used to compile this entry: Alexander, H., 'Macdonald, Louisa (1858-1949)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A100245b.htm; Miss Louisa Macdonald 1858-1949, The Women's College, 2009, http://www.thewomenscollege.com.au/louisa.html.

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  • Woman Suffrage

    Macdonlad was a staunch activist on behalf of the New South Wales movement for Woman Suffrage.

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Archival resources

University of Sydney, Archives

  • A mask/designed by L.M., M57; MacDonald, Louisa; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

The Women's College, University of Sydney

  • The Women's College, University of Sydney, 1891; The Women's College, University of Sydney. Details

Isobelle Barrett Meyering

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