In 1933 Sheila McClemans and Molly Kingston, refused employment elsewhere, set up Western Australia’s first all female law firm. Sheila went on to become one of the State’s most distinguished daughters.
She was wartime Director of the Women’s Royal Naval Service; National President of the Australian Federation of University Women; Secretary of the WA Law Society; foundation member of the WA Legal Aid Commission; of the State Parole Board and of the WA committee administering the Commonwealth Canteens Trust Fund. She was awarded an OBE, a CMG and the Silver Jubilee Medal.
But she was denied the traditional rewards of the legal world. Not QC, not Judge, not Dame. Not even pre-selection for MP. This is Sheila’s story. Feisty, entertaining, outspoken, Lloyd Davies does full justice to a remarkable story.