Grata Flos Matilda Greig

Born
1880
Ferry, Scotland
Died
15 December 1958
Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Barrister, Lawyer and Solicitor
Jurisdiction

Flos Greig was a remarkable pioneer whose determination to practise as a solicitor advanced gender equality in the legal profession in Australia in the early twentieth century. The first woman to be admitted to legal practice in Australia, Greig was at the vanguard of 'the graceful incoming of a revolution' as described by then Chief Justice Sir John Madden, as he presided over the ceremony granting her admission to the Victorian bar in August 1905 (The Advertiser, 1905).

Read more about Flos Greig in our sister publication The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia.

Sources used to compile this entry: Kerwin, Hollie and Rubenstein, Kim, 'Law', in The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia, Judith Smart and Shurlee Swain (eds), Australian Women's Archives Project, 2014, http://www.womenaustralia.info/leaders/biogs/WLE0624b.htm; 'Greig, Grata Flos Matilda (1880-19581215)', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1471028; Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds), 'Greig, Flos', The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia, Australian Women's Archives Project, 2 May 2014, http://www.womenaustralia.info/leaders/biogs/WLE0643b.htm; https://www.vicbar.com.au/wba/early_days.htm.

Prepared by Larissa Halonkin