A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Coraki is a small town located at the junction of the Richmond and Wilson's River. The old Shire Chambers is an unlikely location for an important breakthrough in the Movement for Women's Equality but in 1967 Miss Esme E Martens became the first woman to be appointed as Shire Engineer in Australia. The Town Clerk told the Council they had gone 'stark raving mad in appointing a woman'! In one of those great twists in life Martens ended up marrying the Town Clerk.
Martens held the position for a number of years before becoming Shire Engineer in Rylstone in the Central-West of New South Wales. She is still involved in Local Government as a Councillor on the Mid-West Regional Council based in Mudgee. To read more about this remarkable woman visit this site.
This is a Sky-Watch Friday Post. Click here to see more contributions.


  1. That would not be celebrated today but referred to an independent watchdog to be investigated for jobs for the girls!!I wonder if Esme is still entangled with the Town Clerk.

    I like that style of building, and I like the font of the sign. Guess it was not thought of as a font way way back in 67.

  2. Lovely skies and a very interesting story, Mark, things have changed -- for the most part, haven't they? Happy SWF! Have a great weekend!


  3. That made me smile Mark! ... gone stark raving mad ... I hope Esme done a good job!!

  4. Good story Mark and I see she is now a local in the area of our rural property. I might bump into her one day.

  5. Lovely cloud formations.

    Regards and best wishes

  6. Almost like a case of "marry the problem and get on with life!" Great little story!

  7. Beautiful picture. Thank you for sharing with us. Have a nice week-en Greetings from Romania.


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