Grata Flos Matilda Greig was born in Broughty Ferry, Scotland back in 1880 to Robert and Jane. She attended school in Dundee, Scotland before the family moved to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1889. She continued her education at the Presbyterian Ladies’ College in Melbourne but left in 1896.
That same year she enrolled at the University of Melbourne. She completed her education earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1900. She also received her Bachelor of Law degree in 1903. After graduation, she worked for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, drafting proposals to amend the Children’s Court Act of 1906. She later worked as an employee of Cornwall Stodart, touring the countryside of Wangaratta where she promoted adult and tertiary education. She retired in 1942, moving to Rosebud where she died in 1958, she was 78.
What you may not know about Grata is that she was the first woman to enter the Faculty of Law, the first woman to enter any law school in Australia. She was also the first woman to be admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Australia.
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