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Mittelheuser, Dr Margaret




In 1964 Margaret Mittelheuser secured a place in Australia's financial history when she earned a partnership in the stockbroking firm, Ralph W King & Yuill, becoming Australia's first female stockbroker. Margaret's contribution to finance and the stockbroking industry has been recognised by the award of Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) and with Honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland and Griffith University. A prestigious prize in her name is awarded every year to the top graduating MBA student at the University of Queensland. Her successful career continued over 50 years and raised many millions of dollars for government and private organisations and she advised many clients on their investments. She retired in 2005 but still likes to maintain a close eye on the market.

Margaret and her sister Katherine have been long time benefactors of the Queensland Art Gallery and the sisters have been honoured by the John Oxley Library, part of the State Library of Queensland, through the naming of the Margaret and Katherine Mittelheuser Reading Lounge.

Sources used to compile this entry: Office for Women, Queensland Government, 'Dr Margaret Mittelheuser AM', in Our Women Our State: a pictorial history of women's contributions to Queensland, 1859 – 2009, State of Queensland, Brisbane, 2009,; Stacey, C., Australia's first female stockbroker honoured by UQ MBA prize, UQ News Online, University of Queensland, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland, 2006,

Lee Butterworth

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