Women and Thirroul

In 2009 I wrote …

A friend , Joe Davis, once commented to me, that lots of interesting people have lived in Thirroul. DH Lawrence stayed here, Brett Whitely painted and died here. Mostly it has been males that have received recognition. But Thirroul has had its interesting women – some I’ve known, some I’ve read about or listened to their stories told by my mother.

My family have lived here for generations, so it was not unexpected that I wanted to know more about the stories of women and Thirroul.  Mostly they passed through quietly and yet still, the village nurtured and inspired them.  And so this page is a personal workspace as I explore the lives of these interesting women – who lived here,  visited or associated with the Thirroul village. The list will grow and the spaces fill. I started this off in Posterous, then moved over to Blogger, and now am trying out WordPress.

Molly Callcott and the "Girls from Hardies at Thirroul"

Molly Callcott and the “Girls from Hardies at Thirroul”

There are so many Women that I want to write about – it will take years as you can see in the list below. Read some of the stories so far … at Linga Longa website.

Arts,  Literature & Performers

  • Grace Cossington Smith
  • Frieda Lawrence (Baroness Frieda Von Richtoffen)
  • Judy Bourke
  • Margaret Fagan
  • Chloe Roweth
  • Susan McCreery
  • Jacqueline Coyle-Taylor
  • Mary Ijall
  • Amanda Baker
  • Margaret Coen
  • Joanne Handley

Business & Politics

  • Mary Reuben Hargreave – Deputy Lord Mayor Wollongong City Council, publican
  • Old Mrs Kelly
  • Helen Gray (Kuiper) – Councillor Wollondilly Council
  • Kerrie Adams (Christian) – Councillor Wollongong City Council, manager
  • Alice Cartan – Deputy Lord Mayor Wollongong
  • Sally Bowen – union, political & community activist
  • Carol Medcalf – union, political & community activist, local government executive
  • Sue Chapman – public and private sector executive
  • Anita Comelli
  • Ruth Ross

Community Leaders

  • Lyn Jones
  • Lenore Gray
  • Wendy Momsen
  • Rosemary Kettley
  • Ann Ellacott
  • Liz Elliott
  • Sue Plumb
  • Joan Adams
  • Mrs Joy


  • Pat Bowyer

Mostly Forgotten

  • Beatrice Southwell and Lucy Callcott
  • Mary Hicks
  • Betty Gibson

Science & Technology

  • Mary Phyllis Nicol
  • Florence Violet McKenzie



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