Grata Flos Matilda Greig

(7 November 1880 – 31 December 1958)

Grata Flos Matilda Greig, Australian lawyer, was the first woman to be admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor in Australia.

At her swearing-in ceremony, Chief Justice John Madden described Flos as “the graceful incoming of a revolution”.

He also expressed some scepticism about her future success:

“Women are more sympathetic than judicial, more emotional than logical. In the legal profession knowledge of the world is almost if not quite as essential as knowledge of the law, and knowledge of the world, women, even if they possess it, would lie loth to assert.”

Flos would go on to prove him wrong.