Lunch Hour Talks
Speaker: Catherine Fisher
Topic: Sound Citizens: Australian Women Broadcasters claim their voice, 1923-1956
In 1954 Dame Enid Lyons, the first woman elected to the Australian House of Representatives, argued that radio had ‘created a bigger revolution in the life of a woman than anything that has happened any time’ as it brought the public sphere into the home and women into the public sphere. Taking this claim as its starting point, Sound Citizens examines how a cohort of professional women broadcasters, activists and politicians used radio to contribute to the public sphere and improve women’s status in Australia from the 1920s until the 1950s. Radio provided a platform for women to contribute to public discourse and normalised the presence of women’s voices in the public sphere, both literally and figuratively.
Speaker: Dr Janet Ramsay PSO
Topic: Anne Jolliffe – First Australian Woman Animator
Anne Jolliffe made her career in hand drawn animation. She was part of the pioneering animation industry in Australia and was the first Australian woman to break the gender barrier that insisted that only men could draw well enough to be animators. After training at Swinburne Technical College (now Swinburne University of Technology) in Melbourne, she found her way into Fanfare Films, Australia’s first animation studio, within GTV. Later she worked in London in the glory days of hand-drawn animation in the 1960s and 70s, and then set up her own studio in Crows Nest, Sydney. In London, amongst other achievements, Anne worked on the Yellow Submarine movie showcasing the Beatles and on Great, an animated movie about the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, that won the Academy Award for animation in 1975. Anne is Janet’s recently deceased partner so Janet is able to tell us more about Anne’s battles, adventures and achievements and hopes to give a sense of a brave, determined, funny and remarkable woman.