Collection UQFL25 - Dorothy Hill Papers

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Dorothy Hill Papers


  • [1930]-1994 (Creation)

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95 boxes, 2 parcels.

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Biographical history

Dorothy Hill was born on 10 September 1907 in Taringa, Brisbane. She received a scholarship to the University of Queensland, attending between 1925 and 1939. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Geology) with first class honours. Hill was the first woman awarded a gold medal for most outstanding graduate of that year. In 1930 Hill received a Foundation Travelling Scholarship, to study for her PhD from the University of Cambridge, completing it in 1932. She was appointed a research professor in Geology at the University of Queensland in 1959, becoming the first woman appointed to a professorial chair in Australia. She also became in 1965 the first Australian woman to be a Fellow of the Royal Society, and in 1970 she became the first female president of the Australian Academy of Science. Shed died on 23 April 1997.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, [1930]-1994
Collection alternatively titled as: Dorothy Hill Collection.

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Scope and content

Collection of professional and personal papers. Includes mss and published copies of her work, with background research material, including maps and illustrations, and related correspondence. Professional correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1930-. Papers and reports received as a member of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Geological Society of Australia, Great Barrier Reef Committee, Royal Society, University of Queensland (Professorial Board, and Senate). Testimonials, research reports and recommendations supplied. Public lectures, press clippings, photographs.

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Conditions governing access

Unrestricted access except for Box 8, one item in Box 47, and Box 58 Folder 1, which are all restricted. Application for access may be submitted to the Fryer Librarian for consideration.

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Copyright applies. Copyright is held by executor.

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  • English

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More material relating to Professor Hill can be found in UQFL472 Edna May Hill Papers

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Publication note

Material from this collection has been cited in:
'Geopoetry' inspired by the work of Australia's first female Professor. The Science Show. Broadcasted ABC radio Saturday 9 February 2019 12:38PM.

Publication note

The Australian women's register, AWH000062

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OCLC Number

222660519 ; 1096559938

Libraries Australia ID

21260414 ; 63004939

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Revised, Linda Justo, 6-Aug-2021. Revised, AM, 01-Jun-2020. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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