Isabel Masters was born in Western Australia in 1912. She graduated from university in 1934 with Honours in English and taught at Kobeelya Girls’ Grammar School in Katanning, Western Australia, Ascham Girls’ School in Sydney, New South Wales and Merton Hall (now Melbourne Girls’ Grammar School) in Melbourne, Victoria before becoming principal of Canberra Girls’ Grammar School in 1947. She retired in 1962, having overseen the doubling in size of what was described as a ‘happy’ school.
Born: 20 September 1931, Katanning, Western Australia
Muriel Patterson was elected to the Thirty-third Parliament of Western Australia as the Liberal party member of the Legislative Council for South West Region on 4 February 1989 for term commencing 22 May 1989.
She was re-elected 1993, and 1996 (for term commencing 22 May 1997). She retired 21 May 2001.
Muriel Quartermaine was born in Katanning in 1931, to farmer Charles Quartermaine and his wife Grace. She studied at Perth Technical College and Albany Technical College, and married Rolstun Patterson in 1951. From 1964 she farmed with her husband at Tambellup, then taught dressmaking until 1977. She joined the Albany Chamber of Commerce in 1976, and was President from 1984-1986. A member of the Liberal Party of Australia, Patterson was elected to the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Western Australia for the South West Region in 1989. She was re-elected in 1993 and 1996, and retired on 21 May 2001.
Born: 1912, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Died: 1977, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation: Botanist and Conservationist
Nancy Burbidge was a leading botanist and conservationist. She was born in Yorkshire in 1912 to the Reverend William Burbidge and his wife Mary Simmonds, not long before her father was appointed to the parish of Katanning in Western Australia.