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Cora Anna WEEKES

Special Achievements:

1858 - First woman magazine editor in Australia (originally from California).  Appointed to edit Sydney's Spectator.

Additional Information:

Edited the first number of The Athenaeum.  First published 20 March 1858, which lasted for only a month.
She edited newspapers in Texas and California before coming to Australia.  Her lecture on “Female Heroism” was probably the first to be given in Australia by a woman.


  • References

    Periodicals of Queen Victoria's Empire:  An Exploration.  Edited by Jerry Don Vann, Rosemary T. VanArsdel.  "Introduction," p. 15.

  • References

    Equal to the Occasion: Women Editors of the Nineteenth-century West.  By Sherilyn Cox Bennion.  "For Women, By Women," p. 17.

  • References

    The Dynamics of Linguistic Variation:  Corpus Evidence on English Past and Present.  Edited by Terttu Nevalainen, Irma Taavitsainen, Päivi Pahta, Minna Korhonen.  “The written wor(l)ds of men and women in early white Australia,” p. 245.

  • References

    Minding Her Own Business:  Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney.  By Catherine Bishop.  pages x, 204, 251-55.  figures 2a, 2b, 11.

  • References

    No photo survives.  Information provided by Dr. Catherine Bishop, author of Minding Her Own Business.