Roma Mitchell

Dame Roma Mitchell (1913 – 2000) lawyer, judge and SA governor
With her heart and mind shaped and nourished by her Christian faith, through a careful study and application of the law, she championed for human rights, justice for all, equality among peoples, respect and tolerance.

Those who were close to Dame Roma Mitchell say her deep Catholic faith guided every aspect of her life, giving her the strength and ambition to campaign for social change and her philosophy of generosity and kindness.

Father Maurice Shinnick, Administrator of St Francis Xavier Cathedral where Dame Roma prayed every day noted, “As her career developed and brought to her greater financial security which could have so easily drawn her selfishly into a life of comfort and luxury, she nonetheless chose deliberately to face head on the ugly side of Australian attitudes and practices, determined to make a change.”

With her heart and mind shaped and nourished by her Christian faith, through a careful study and application of the law, she championed for human rights, justice for all, equality among peoples, respect and tolerance.

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/stories/s109516.htm

Dame Roma Flinders Mitchell, AC, DBE, CVO, QC, (October 2, 1913 – March 5, 2000) was an Australian lawyer and judge; she was the first Australian woman Queen’s Counsel, the first woman Chancellor of a university in Australia, and the first woman Governor of an Australian State.

Mitchell was born in Adelaide in 1913 and was the second daughter of Harold and Maude Mitchell.

A graduate of St. Aloysius Convent College, Adelaide, Roma Mitchell was Australia’s first female QC, and first female judge. Mitchell was made a Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1965.

She was Governor of South Australia from 1991-1996; the first female Governor in Australia. Mitchell also served as Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1983-1990 and was a member of the Council for the Order of Australia from 1981-1990.

Dame Roma Mitchell was considered to be a pioneer of the Australian women’s rights movement.

Her grandfather, Samuel James Mitchell was the first Chief Justice of the Northern Territory.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roma_Mitchell

Image : Statute of Dame Roma Mitchell, North Terrace, Adelaide

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