Stories from the Archives


Dr Daphne Elliott, Biochemist


Dr Daphne Elliott (née Davison), was a Boarder at the College from 1938–1942.


Daphne was School Captain, Captain of Kinross House and Dux of her class.


She later wrote of her time here, 'A single-sex school fostered the development of a country girl, who started with not much confidence, into a young woman who believed that there were no doors that could not be opened.'


Daphne was awarded a Science scholarship to Cambridge University where she obtained a PhD in plant biochemistry. With her husband, Dr William Elliott, she co-authored a text book Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She worked for many years as an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Biological Science at Flinders University in Adelaide.


In 2002 Dr Elliott received an Order of Australia (AM) for service to the promotion of women’s education, particularly in the field of science, and as an advocate for improving the status and human rights of women.


Image 1 (from left): Prefects, 1942 Daphne Elliott (née Davison), was School Captain. She is seated in the middle of the front row.

Image 2: Marden Library at the time Daphne Elliott (née Davison) was a student.

Image 3: A room in the Boarding House at the time Daphne Elliott (née Davison) was a student.

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