Poet and peace activist
As a 19-year-old student at Melbourne University Aileen Yvonne Palmer joined the Australian Communist Party in 1934 and the following year graduated with Honours in French and German. The elder daughter of Australian writers Vance and Nettie Palmer, Aileen served as an interpreter and secretary for the British Medical Aid Unit during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1938).
Joice Loch was an extraordinary Australian. A freelance journalist, published novelist and self-trained doctor, she allied herself closely with the Society of Friends (the Quakers) and went on a Quaker mission to Poland with her husband, Sydney, after World War I. For the rest of her life she dedicated her time and resources to helping refugees who were victims of various wars.
(9 September 1890-26 May 1984)
Broadcaster, writer, interior designer, community worker
Writer and lecturer
Jessie Couvreau ‘Tasma’ (1848-1897) trailblazer, novelist, lecturer and journalist
A ‘New Woman’ who refused to conform, Jessie Couvreau was a novelist, lecturer and Times correspondent. Writing under the pseudonym ‘Tasma’, a name she used to honour Tasmania where she spent her childhood, Jessie Couvreau wrote on issues such as politics, economics and social movements, as well as controversial issues such as divorce law reform, women’s suffrage and the abuse of women.