- 24 June 1975
Herberton, Queensland, Australia
- Jockey and Sportswoman
- Alternative Names
- Smith, Bill (Alias)
'Bill' Smith was a successful North Queensland jockey in the early 1900s. Viewed as small in statue and eccentric in behaviour, it was not until his death in 1975 that it was discovered that 'Bill' Smith was actually a woman, thus making her Australia's first female jockey.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Wilhemina 'Bill' Smith', in Australian women's history forum incorporating Women's History Month, Australian women's history forum, Kingston, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2008, http://www.womenshistory.com.au/image.asp?iID=243; Radi, Heather, 'Christian Wilhelmina (Bill) Smith (1886 – 1975)', in Women's contributions to Queensland: 1970 - 1979, Office for Women, Queensland Government, State of Queensland, Brisbane, 2009, http://www.women.qld.gov.au/q150/1970/index.html#item-christian-smith; Young, Marabelle, Bill Smith 1886 – 1975 jockey, 200 Australian women : a Redress anthology , Radi, Heather (edl), Women's Redress Press, Broadway, New South Wales, 1988, http://www.200australianwomen.com/names/129.html.