Launch of the online exhibition Dorothy Hill: Pioneer and professor

Last night we launched the online exhibition Dorothy Hill: Pioneer and professor. Dorothy Hill (1907-1997) was a former student of The University of Queensland and went on to have a celebrated national and international career as a palaeontologist and academic. She became the first Australian woman to be promoted to the position of Professor at any Australian university, along with many other honours and awards. Dorothy Hill paved the way for women to reach prominent positions in science.

Dorothy Hill in Belgium 1965
Dorothy Hill in Belgium, 1965.

When Dorothy Hill retired from the University in the 1970’s, she donated her extensive collection of papers and photos to the Fryer Library. The 90 boxes of papers, manuscripts, letters and photographs provide a rich archive of her life and work. We assessed the contents of these boxes and digitised over 300 items from the collection, which are now preserved in the University’s digital repository UQ eSpace. You can view some of these digitised items in the online exhibition.

Library staff, Mandy Swingle and Kellie Ashley, assessing the Dorothy Hill collection (UQFL25) for the online exhibition.

To help celebrate the launch, a panel of speakers including Honorary Professor John Jell, Professor Gregory Webb, Professor Joan Esterle and PhD student, Sarah Kachovich, reflected on Dorothy Hill's work in Australian geology and palaeontology, and her influence as a mentor and academic pioneer for women. Professor Sue Golding then led a discussion with the panellists.

Guests at the launch of Dorothy Hill: Pioneer and professor online exhibition, held in the Global Change Institute, UQ.

View the online exhibition Dorothy Hill: Pioneer and professor on the library’s Stories from the collection page.

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Last updated:
26 July 2018