The New Zealand-born Stella Allan was the first female parliamentary reporter in Australasia and one of the three women foundation members of the Australian Journalists’ Association.
She survived a ban by the all-male Parliamentary Press gallery in Wellington to become one of the most influential female journalists in Australia after she moved to Melbourne and edited the women’s pages of the Argus for three decades until 1938.
She pioneered the development of women’s pages, attracting readers and advertisers with a mix of domestic topics and community welfare issues.
She requested letters from readers seeking advice and they came in their thousands, establishing a standard feature in women’s pages and magazines.
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