Ada Evans, Celebrating 100 Years of Women at the Bar


The Women Barristers Forum is delighted to invite all barristers to this special event to celebrate the centenary of Ada Evans becoming the first woman barrister to be admitted to the NSW Bar on 12 May 1921.

A true pioneer in her own right, Ada Evans was also the first woman to complete a law degree in Australia graduating from the University of Sydney in 1902, however she could not become a legal practitioner because she had to be a "person of good fame and repute" and the word "person" did not include, within the legal definition of the time, being a woman. She campaigned from 1902 until 1918 for her admission following the passage of the Women's Legal Status Act 1918 (NSW).

Please join us for drinks and canapés at the Verandah Bar from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on 12 May 2021 to mark this special occasion with guest speaker the Honourable Patricia Bergin SC. Tickets are $50 for over 5s and $40 for under 5s. Places are limited to the first 100 registrations.

RSVP: Please email your name (and the names of any guests you are paying for) at the time of payment to or post to Rosalind Winfield at DX 330 Sydney

PAYMENT: Cheque made payable to: Women Barristers Forum, DX 330 Sydney BSB: 062 000

DIRECT DEBIT: Name: Women Barristers Forum, BSB: 062 000, Account No: 1151 1136, Please NOTE deposit as ‘Ada Evans’

For any enquiries, please contact: Rosalind Winfield - Ph: 9237 0551 E: or Elizabeth Picker - Ph: 9220 6100 E:

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