Encouraging others – especially older women – to realise their potential as writers and researchers has been the most fulfilling aspect of my career.

 Professor Emerita Elizabeth Webby AM FAHA

Throughout her life, Elizabeth has helped give a voice to many women writers and researchers, encouraging their development and pursuit of their artistic or scholarly ambitions. She has mentored women for decades, influencing the ways they explore the human condition and opening their minds to new ways of thinking. Elizabeth taught at the University of Sydney for 32 years and from 1988 to 1999 was the editor of Southerly, Australian’s oldest literary quarterly. In 2004, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the study, teaching and promotion of Australian literature, for her support of Australian authors and for fostering links between academic and general reading communities. Many Australian students and authors have been helped by Elizabeth’s calm support and gentle guidance, as well as her passion for the written word.


Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney

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