Dame Roma Mitchell

31st Governor of South Australia

Dame Roma Mitchell graduated as a lawyer from the University of Adelaide in December 1934, and the following February began as a barrister with an Adelaide law firm. In 1962 she became the first Australian woman to be admitted as a Queen’s Counsel. She became a judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1965, the first woman in Australia to be appointed to that position. In 1991 Mitchell was appointed governor of South Australia, becoming the first woman in Australia to hold that post.