Eminent Alumnae

In 2021 MLC School celebrated 135 years of exceptional girls’ education. During this year we commenced this Eminent Alumnae project to bring the stories of our inspiring Old Girls out of the archives and into the world for the entire MLC School community to celebrate. These Old Girls showed audacity and tenacity as they fought for recognition in their professions. Beyond their professions they also passionately promoted equality for women in the workplace. The victories they earned for women who came after them prove them to be true ‘daughters of the light’.

This is an open ended project. If there are Old Girl successes that we are not aware of, or if there are edits to be made to current stories, we wholeheartedly seek your input. Please contact our Archivist, Barbara Hoffman, at bhoffman@mlcsyd.nsw.edu.au with anything you would like to add.

We have arranged these stories by Old Girl cohort year, starting with the most recent and going back all the way to the first few years of the School’s life. You are able to search by profession by using the ‘View by Profession’ list on the right.

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Julie Taylor OAM (1955)

In 2013, Julie Taylor (1955), a specialist in the preservation and curation of historically and scientifically important ...

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Rosalind Coulson (1955)

Ros Coulson (PhC Syd, MSc London, FRPharmS) is a pharmaceutical expert who became a world leader in drug development, in ...

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Sandra Bates AM (Ross, 1955)

Sandra Ross (1955) was the Artistic and Governing Director of the Ensemble Theatre, Australia’s longest, continuously ru ...

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Mahla Pearlman AO (1953) BA LLB

The Hon Mahla Pearlman AO (1953) was the first woman to become chief judge of any jurisdiction in NSW when she became th ...

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Diana Snape (Hodgson, 1953)

Diana was a horticultural journalist, a conservationist, an author of books on garden design, and an award-winning nativ ...

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Dr Susan Beal AM (Ross, 1952)

Dr Susan Beal AM (Ross, 1952) was a pioneer in the epidemiological investigations into the circumstances surrounding Sud ...

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Pauline Thomas (1951)

Pauline Thomas (1951) was the first female TV producer in Australia to be sent on an overseas assignment (the 1970 Osaka ...