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Bage, Anna Frederika (1883 - 1970)

OBE

Born
11 April 1883
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
23 October 1970
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Academic, Biologist and Sports Administrator

Summary

Anna Bage was a talented scientist who worked her way through the junior ranks of the Department of Biology at the University of Melbourne to became a forerunner of women in public life in Queensland to where she moved in 1914 to take up the position of lecturer in charge of biology in 1913. In 1914 she became principal of the Women's College, a position she held for the next 32 years. She was committed to the cause of encouraging women to become tertiary educated and travelled widely throughout Queensland to promote her college to rural communities. She was a member of many women's interest groups, and played a lead rolein the formation of the Queensland Women Graduates' Association (later the Queensland Association of University Women). She was president of the Australian Federation of University Women in 1928-29.

Anna Bage's interests were many and varied. A nature lover, patron of the arts and motoring enthusiast, Bage was also a member of several women's sporting associations.She managed the first hockey team in Australia to travel interstate, from Melbourne to Adelaide in 1908, and was president of the Queensland Women's Hockey Association in 1925-31.

She was appointed OBE - Officer of The Order of the British Empire (Civil) - 12 June 1941 for public service.

Details

Events

1905
Graduated BSc from the University of Melbourne
1906
Final honour scholarship in Biology
1906
Graduated MSc with second-class honours from the University of Melbourne
1906 - 1909
Junior demonstrator in biology at the University of Melbourne
1907
Awarded the McBain Research Scholarship
1908
Awarded the Victorian Government Research Scholarship
1910 - 1911
Research student at King's College, London
1912
Senior demonstrator in biology at the University of Melbourne
1913
Senior lecturer in biology at the University of Queensland
1914 - 1918
President of the Women of the University's War Work Group at the University of Queensland
1914 - 1946
Principal of the Women's College at the University of Queensland
1915
President of the Field Naturalists' Club
1916
President of the Women's Club, Brisbane
1917
Member of the National Council of Women of Queensland Recruiting committee
1922 - 1923
President of the Lyceum Club, Brisbane
1923 - 1949
Member of the Senate at the University of Queensland
1925 - 1931
President of the Queensland Women's Hockey Association
1926
Substitute delegate to the League of Nations Assembly, Geneva
1928 - 1929
President of the Australian Federation of University Women
1938
Substitute delegate to the League of Nations Assembly, Geneva
1939 - 1945
President of the Women of the University's War Work Group at the University of Queensland
12 June 1941
Appointed Office to the Order of the British Empire
26 April 1951
Conferred an honorary doctorate of laws by the University of Queensland

Sources used to compile this entry: Alexander, Joseph A (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 1950, 14th edn, The Herald, Melbourne, 1950, 816 pp; Bell, Jacqueline, 'Bage, Anna Frederika (Freda) (1883 - 1970)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070136b.htm.

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Archival resources

Janet Clarke Hall, University of Melbourne

  • Anna Frederika Bage - Records, 1907 - 1913; Janet Clarke Hall, University of Melbourne. Details

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Anna Frederika Bage - Records, 1907 - 1914; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

The University of Queensland Archives

  • Anna Frederika Bage - Records, 1913 - 1946, S279; The University of Queensland Archives. Details

Nikki Henningham

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