Women of the North

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The Darling of the Press — Phoebe Lewis

When Miss Phoebe Ailsa Lewis — Australia’s first female Linotype operator — entered into the male-dominated world of newspapers at the age of 14, she was considered to be something of an oddity. Born in Muttaburra in Central Queensland in 1882, she was taught by a private tutor until the family moved to Townsville; after which time she completed a primary school education at Central State School. Around 1896, Phoebe […]

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