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Issue Details: First known date: 1988... 1988 The Matilda Women
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'Relive the vibrant stories of nine extraordinary women from Australia’s past- Gladys Moncrieff, Australia’s ‘Queen of Song’; Lillian Cooper, Queensland’s first female doctor; Emma Miller, ‘Mother of the Labor Party’, and many more equally important women of the past who inspired the women of the future.

'The doctor and her bicycle, the shy painter, the naturalist who knows no English, the kitchen maid who reads Shakespeare, the trade unionist, the performer, the ill-fated teacher and the luckless farmer’s wife accused of murder, The Matilda Women is fastpaced imaginative theatre that celebrates the strengths and achievements of Australian women.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.


  • Dedication: For Jim who showed me I could dance and for Tiest and Anika who helped me to find my own tune

Production Details

  • First produced at La Boite Theatre, Brisbane, 10 July 1988, it then toured regional Qld for five weeks. In May 1989 a new cast toured for a further five weeks ending with a season in Brisbane. Published version produced July 1993 at La Boite.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1988
    • s.l.,: s.n. , 1990 .
      Extent: 33p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • Typescript. Performance script.


      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Local Id: H1463
    • Ashgrove, Ashgrove area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: Playlab , 1993 .
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 97 (plus a list of Playlab Press publications, pp 99-118)p.
      Description: illus., music, ports.
      • Includes biographical notes of the women from Queensland's history who are represented in the play.
      Series: Playlab Press Publication Playlab (publisher), series - publisher
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