Andrews, Shirley (-2001)

Also known as
Andrews, Shirley, (OAM) (1915-2001)
Andrews, Shirley (1915-2001)
Andrews, Shirley Aldythea (1915-2001)
Andrews, Shirley Aldythea (-2001)
Andrews, Shirley Aldythea Marshall Seymour, (OAM) (1915-2001)
Andrews, Shirley Aldythea Marshall Seymour (-2001)
Field of activity
Biochemist; Aboriginal-rights Activist; Dancer; Researcher; Aboriginal Rights Activist; Communist; Historian
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35006971
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-458159

Biographies

Shirley Andrews is an Australian Dancer who is mentioned in 1 event in the AusStage database

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Read more about Shirley Andrews in our sister publication

The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia

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Shirley Andrews was Senior Biochemist at the Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital in Victoria from 1954 to 1977. She was responsible for developing ways to safely use lithium to treat manic depressive illnesses and discovered that bromureide drugs, a widely used tranquiliser, caused mental illness symptoms. This lead to a major reduction in the use of bromureide drugs. Andrews was also involved in the early struggle for equal rights for Aborigines and was a founding member and secretary of the Council for Aboriginal Rights (Victoria) - Australia's first such organisation. She also had a great passion for dance and music, performing in many ballets and dances and was a founding member of the Victorian Bush Music Club (later known as the Victorian Folk Music Club).

  • Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Caroline Kaye Scholar in Veterinary Biochemistry at the Veterinary Research Institute, University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Biochemist at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
  • Career position - Senior Biochemist at Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital, Melbourne
  • Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) received for service to Australian folklore

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Shirley Andrews was born and educated in Melbourne and by profession was a biochemist. By inclination she was a social activist and throughout her life fought strongly for the rights of Indigenous Australians.

Andrews also had a lifelong interest in dance. She took classes from Edouard Borovansky, was an extra during the last Ballets Russes tour to Australia in 1939-1940 and appeared in early performances by the Borovansky Ballet. She learnt folk and national dancing as part of her training with Borovansky and folk dancing became her abiding interest. Traditional Australian social dancing became her area of expertise. In the 1950s she was a member of the Unity Dance Group and worked on the production of Reedy River, which was the first attempt to use Australian folk dance and music in the theatre.

Andrews began researching, collecting and reviving Australian traditional social dances, which resulted in the publication of her first book Take Your Partners (1974). Her second book, written as a Bicentennial project in conjunction with Peter Ellis, was Two Hundred Dancing Years and How to Celebrate Them with a Colonial Ball (1988). In conjunction with Lucy Stockdale she also produced a four volume set of instructional videos and booklets, How Australia Danced Last Century.

Andrews conducted workshops throughout Australia based on the results of her research and was active in many folk dance organistions. She was chairperson of the first National Folk Festival.

For more about Shirley Andrews' contribution to Australian life see Jennifer Clark, 'Shirley Andrews: Adding a personal note to history', National Library of Australia News, August 2004.

Shirley Aldythea Marshall Seymour Andrews (1915-2001), biochemist, Aboriginal-rights activist, dancer and researcher, was born on 5 November 1915 in Melbourne, the only child of Dora (or Doris) Andrews,...

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Related people and organisations

AusStage

Australian Women's Register

  • (Organisation) Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (1958 - c. 1978)
  • (Concept) History and Historians
  • (Concept) Dance

National Library of Australia

Resources for Shirley Andrews

Selected resources (9)

AusStage

  1. Shirley Andrews's network
    See professional relationships in the AusStage database.
  2. Shirley Andrews's map
    See places of activity in the AusStage database.
  3. Cecchetti
    Andrews, Shirley (Dancer)
    [1985-07-20]
    A performance staged at the Union Hall, Adelaide, SA
  4. Shirley Andrews
    Andrews, Shirley

Australian Women's Register

  1. Andrews, Shirley Aldythea Marshall Seymour
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia
    Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds.)
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  3. Andrews, Shirley Aldythea (1915-2001)
    Hibben, Jennifer
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Obituaries Australia

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Andrews, Shirley
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003

Resources by Shirley Andrews (37)

  1. Shirley Andrews interviewed by Geri Lobl
    Andrews, Shirley, 1915-2001
    [ Sound : 1989 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Shirley Andrews interviewed by Geri Lobl
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 50,330.629)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 50,330.629)

  2. Letters from Shirley Andrews to Arthur Turnbull
    Andrews, Shirley, 1915-2001
    [ Unpublished : 1979-1989 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 49,350.805)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 49,350.805)

  3. Shirley Andrews interviewed by Peter Read in the Peter Read collection of interviews conducted for his book entitled, Charles Perkins : a biography
    Andrews, Shirley, 1915-2001
    [ Sound : 1989 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 46,767.152)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 46,767.152)

  4. Shirley Andrews interviewed by Chris Sullivan for the Chris Sullivan folklore collection
    Andrews, Shirley, 1915-2001
    [ Sound : 1984 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 44,084.73)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 44,084.73)

  5. Interview with Shirley Andrews, Australian folk dancer / interviewed and recorded by John Meredith and Peter Ellis
    Andrews, Shirley, 1915-2001
    [ Sound : 1991 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 41,888.766)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 41,888.766)

  6. Papers of Shirley Andrews
    Andrews, Shirley, 1915-2001
    [ Unpublished : 1917-2002 ]
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    At National Library
    Papers of Shirley Andrews
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 41,638.559)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 41,638.559)

  7. Shirley Andrews interviewed by Wendy Lowenstein in the Communists and the Left in the arts and community oral history project
    Andrews, Shirley, 1915-2001
    [ Sound : 1993-1994 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Shirley Andrews interviewed by Wendy Lowenstein in the Communists and the Left in the arts and community oral history project
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 39,343.586)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 39,343.586)

  8. Letter to Lady Jessie Street from Shirley Andrews, Hon. Secretary of the Council for Aboriginal Rights (Victoria)
    Street, Jessie, 1889-1970
    [ Unpublished : 1956 ]
    At National Library
    Letter to Lady Jessie Street from Shirley Andrews, Hon. Secretary of the Council for Aboriginal Rights (Victoria)
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 37,691.09)

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  9. [Shirley Andrews : Australian and New Zealand Art Files]
    Andrews, Shirley, 1915-2001
    [ Published ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 33,243.664)

  10. Assimilation - economy size
    Andrews, Shirley, 1915-2001
    [ Book : 1964 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 24,775.658)

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2010-02-28 13:24:53.0

See The Three Lives of Shirley Andrews broadcast by ABC RN Hindsight, 21 Feb 2010

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  1. I, SHIRLEY ANNE NICHOLAS, heretofore called and known by
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 2 July 1971 [Issue No.71] p 2411

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... I, Shirley Anne Nicholas, heretofore called and known by the names ol Shirley Anne Andrews, nereoy ... abandoned the use of my names of Shirley Anne Andrews and then assumed and adopted and determined ... 190 words
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  2. WE, Colin James Campbell, Shirley Frances Campbell, George
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 17 April 1964 [Issue No.46] p 1254

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... WE, Colin James Campbell, Shirley Frances Campbell, George Andrew Peterson and Betty Lorraine ... 54 words
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  3. NOTICE of intended distribution of estate.—Any person having any claim upon the estate of SHIRLEY NITA KHLENTZOS (also known
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 15 September 1989 [Issue No.94] p 7285

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... NOTICE of intended distribution of estate.—Any person having any claim upon the estate of SHIRLEY ... NITA KHLENTZOS (also known as SHIRLEY NITA KENT), late of 4/713 South Dowling Street, Redfern ... 141 words
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  1. Lowenstein, Wendy (1927-2006)
    Author; Trade Unionist
    ... Wendy Lowenstein wrote a number of the most celebrated oral histories in Australia, focusing on the lives ...
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  2. Ellis, Peter, (Peter N)
    Folk Musician
    ... Years with Shirley Andrews in 1988. Ellis received the Squance Award for his contribution to the ...
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  3. Blackburn, Doris Amelia (1889-1970)
    Politician; Peace Campaigner; Civil Rights Activist; Peace Activist
    ... Doris Amelia Blackburn (1889-1970), politician, peace campaigner and civil rights activist, was born ...
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  1. Shirley Andrews [Record]
    [ Article ]
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  2. Shirley Andrews: adding a personal note to history. [Shirley Andrews, who contributed to Australian society on three distinctly different fronts.]
    Clark, Jennifer
    National Library of Australia News
    [ Article : 2004 ]
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  3. Shirley Aldythea Andrews, O.A.M. (-2001) [Obituary.]
    Ryan, J. S
    Australian Folklore
    [ Article : 2001 ]
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  4. Shirley Andrews: social idealist for Aboriginal rights or agent of the CPA?
    Taffe, Sue
    Labour History and Its People: The 12th Biennial National Labour History Conference, Australian National University, 15-17 September 2011
    [ Article : 2011 ]
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  1. Shirley Andrews / Sue Taffe and Wendy Lowenstein
    Taffe, Sue
    [ Book : 2001 ]
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  2. Shirley Andrews: a prismatic life
    Hibben, Jennifer A
    [ Thesis : 2011 ]
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  3. Shirley / Charlotte Brontë
    Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855
    [ Book, Audio book : 1849-2019 ]
    Languages: English;Serbian;French, [2 others]
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    Shirley / Charlotte Brontë
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  4. Shirley Andrews: an architect of the national Aboriginal civil rights movement, 1952-1968
    Taffe, Sue
    History Australia
    [ Article, Book : 2011 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 701.162)

  1. HUNGERFORD, Shirley
    HUNGERFORD, Shirley
    Created by KEVING., 65 items.

    Recent information from Judy Ryan indicates that Shirley Hungerford was from Berambing and that her shop was in Richmond. Shirley’s name appears twice in the Society of Arts & Crafts of N.S....

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  2. DURBRIDGE FAMILY.
    DURBRIDGE FAMILY.
    Created by wongawal, 47 items.

    Items related to the family of James (1796-1876 ) & Frances Durbridge, nee Andrews, S Aust. & their descendants.

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  3. Shirley's Family
    Shirley's Family
    Created by dljw57, 48 items.

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  1. The Three Lives of Shirley Andrews
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2010 ]
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    At ABC Radio National
    The Three Lives of Shirley Andrews
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  2. Interview with Shirley Peisley / Interviewer: Allison Murchie
    Peisley, Shirley
    [ Sound : 1992-2014 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  3. Interview with Shirley Sampson / interviewed by Margaret Howroyd
    Sampson, Shirley Yvonne, 1933-
    [ Sound : 1990 ]
    Possibly online
    At WA State Library
    Interview with Shirley Sampson / interviewed by Margaret Howroyd
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  4. Interview with Shirley Pratt / Interviewer: Lynette O'Grady
    Pratt, Shirley, 1937-
    [ Sound : 1997 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  1. SHIRLEY'S DOUBLE?
    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954) Monday 11 March 1935 p 9 Article Illustrated
    ... SHIRLEY'S DOUBLE? | i PAMELA ANDREWS is an entrant ; i in "The Telegraph's" quest for Shir j ley ... 22 words
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  2. SHIRLEY HALE
    Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW : 1911 - 1954) Tuesday 1 September 1936 p 2 Article
    ... SHIRLEY HALE The funeral of Shirley Ann Hale, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Hale, of Gormly ... ; Messrs. F. Mitchell, A. Andrews, D. Caddy, A. Birch, L. Johnston, L. Hyland, D. Clark, C. Meehan, R ... 290 words
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  3. FLEMING--ANDREWS.
    The Propeller (Hurstville, NSW : 1911 - 1954) Thursday 12 March 1942 p 3 Article
    ... -pink carnations, rose buds, and blue delphiniums. Little Shirley Andrews (sister of the bride) acted as ... FLEMING— ANDREWS. A military wedding was celebrated at St. Michael's Church, Hurstville, on ... 186 words
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  1. Andrews, Rosemary and Shirley
    [ Unpublished : 1963-1974 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. [Biographical cuttings on Shirley Andrews, Brisbane occupational therapist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  3. Shirley Grundy papers
    Grundy, Shirley, 1947-2010
    [ Unpublished : 1957-2013 ]
    At WA State Library
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  1. Toorak Teachers' College
    Morris, Peter
    [ Photograph, Art work, Map ]
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    Toorak Teachers' College
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