Thornton, Merle (1930-)

Also known as
Thornton, Merle Estelle, (AM) (1930-)
Field of activity
Academic; Feminist; Author
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http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an49786403
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-765073

Biographies

On 31 March 1965 Merle Thornton and Rosalie Bogner chained themselves to the Regatta Hotel bar rail to protest for women's rights. They wanted to liberate public bars from being men-only. The two protestors were both mothers of two and married to university lecturers. They were refused service, the publican faced a fine of £10-£20 if he served them with liquor, but were bought a beer by sympathetic male patrons. Their action became the starting point for women's liberation in Brisbane in the late twentieth century. It is now recognised as one of the defining moments of second wave feminism in Australia. A post-graduate student in Philosophy at the University of Queensland, Thornton went on to establish the Equal Opportunities for Women Association in April 1965. She also introduced the teaching of Women's Studies in Australia in 1973 and was the special guest of the Queensland Government and speaker at the 70th celebration of International Women's Day in 1999. Besides her academic writing Thornton has also written episodes for the television drama series and has written and produced documentaries. Her stage play had a successful season at the Carlton Courthouse Theatre (Victoria) in 1990. Merle Thornton, the mother of actor Sigrid, returned to the Regatta Hotel, that now has a room named after her, for the launch of her first novel in 2004.

  • Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 'for significant service to the community as an advocate for women, and Indigenous rights, and to the arts as a writer and director'

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  • (Organisation) Fort Street Girls' High School (1911 - 1975)

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Thornton, Merle Estelle
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. After moonlight
    Thornton, Merle, 1930-
    [Brisbane]
    Published: Interactive Press
  3. Sex equality is not enough for feminism
    Thornton, Merle
    [1986]
    Series: IspartOf Feminist Challenges: Social and Political TheoryPateman, Carole and Gross, Elizabeth
  4. Here's to pub's history of brave women
    Wilson, Ashleigh
    Series: IspartOf Australian
  5. Forty Years Later, No Bar to Women?
    Mathewson, Catriona
    Series: IspartOf The Courier-Mail
  6. [Biographical cuttings on Merle Thornton, academic, writer and playwright, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    Series: National Library of Australia
    Bib ID 263711

Resources by Merle Thornton (4)

  1. Papers
    Thornton, Merle, 1930-
    [ Book : 1965-2007 ]
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  2. Merle Thornton interviewed by Maryanne Dever and Margaret Henderson
    Thornton, Merle, 1930-
    [ Sound : 2011 ]
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    Merle Thornton interviewed by Maryanne Dever and Margaret Henderson
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  3. Juliet Mitchell interviewed by Merle Thornton, 13 Sep 1975
    Thornton, Merle, 1930-
    [ Sound ]
    At UQ Inst Rep
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  4. After moonlight / Merle Thornton
    Thornton, Merle, 1930-
    [ Book : 2004 ]
    At 18 libraries
    After moonlight / Merle Thornton
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  1. Papers
    Thornton, Merle, 1930-
    [ Book : 1965-2007 ]
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  2. Merle Thornton interviewed by Maryanne Dever and Margaret Henderson
    Thornton, Merle, 1930-
    [ Sound : 2011 ]
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    At National Library
    Merle Thornton interviewed by Maryanne Dever and Margaret Henderson
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  3. Juliet Mitchell interviewed by Merle Thornton, 13 Sep 1975
    Thornton, Merle, 1930-
    [ Sound ]
    At UQ Inst Rep
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  4. Transcript of interview with Merle Thornton
    Mackinlay, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Narelle)
    [ Unpublished : 2011 ]
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  5. Merle Thornton at her home, Collingwood, Victoria, 19 January 2011 / Greg Power
    Power, Greg, 1974-
    [ Government publication, Photograph : 2011 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    Merle Thornton at her home, Collingwood, Victoria, 19 January 2011 / Greg Power
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  6. Merle Thornton in the courtyard of her home, Collingwood, Victoria, 19 January 2011 / Greg Power
    Power, Greg, 1974-
    [ Government publication, Photograph : 2011 ]
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    Merle Thornton in the courtyard of her home, Collingwood, Victoria, 19 January 2011 / Greg Power
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  7. Portraits of Merle Thornton, Collingwood, Victoria, 19 January 2011 / Greg Power
    Power, Greg, 1974-
    [ Government publication, Photograph : 2011 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    At National Library
    Portraits of Merle Thornton, Collingwood, Victoria, 19 January 2011 / Greg Power
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