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Author McClemans, Sheila Mary, 1909-1988, interviewee.
Title Interview with Sheila McClemans in October 1982 / interviewed by Christine Shervington.
Published/Produced 1982.

 Online  OH4109    AVAILABLE  


Call Number OH4109
Physical description 1 online resource (3 audio files (1 hr., 27 min., 4 sec.)) : digital, WAV
Series University of Western Australia Archives oral history project
University of Western Australia Archives oral history project
Notes Title devised by cataloguer.
This sound recording has been preserved and made available by the University of Western Australia.
Digital preservation in WAV format.
Access advisory Access open.
Additional formats Audio cassette tape also available at the University of Western Australia Archives.
Original version Original version: 2 audio cassettes University of Western Australia Archives OH32.
Rights advisory Copyright or other restrictions may apply. For public use, contact the State Library of Western Australia.
Summary Sheila shares her university life including lecturers and inter-faculty activities and her work as a lawyer and Navy officer throughout her life.
SUMMARY Sheila McClemans was born in May 1909 and grew up in a rectory at Claremont. Attended Claremont State School and Perth Modern School and worked in the Government Savings Bank before entering University of Western Australia to the Arts faculty and then the Law faculty and graduated and admitted to the bar in 1933. She was one of the earliest women law graduates in Western Australia and obtained her articles from Stawell, Hardwick & Forman. She founded the first all-female law firm in Western Australia with her fellow graduate, Molly Kingston and was the first women barrister to appear before the Supreme Court of Western Australia. She was First Officer of the Navy in 1943 after enlisting in the Women's Royal Australian Navy Service (WRANS). In 1945, she was appointed the chief officer of WRANS. She was appointed OBE in 1951. Returning to law practice in 1949 with Hardwick, Slattery & Gibson and set up her own practice four years later but sold it to join the Law Society of Western Australia as their secretary and administrator of its legal aid scheme from 1961-1970. She joined Hammond, Fitzgerald & King in 1970 and returned to practice in the matrimonial courts and retired in 1980. (Extracted from the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 18, 2012)
Subjects McClemans, Sheila, 1909-1988 -- Interviews.
Law Society of Western Australia.
Women lawyers -- Western Australia -- Interviews.
Legal aid -- Western Australia.
Related names Shervington, Christine, interviewer.