Florence Violet McKenzie
(1890–1982) Electrical engineer
Florence Violet McKenzie was the first female electrical engineer in Australia. Her focus was wireless radio and she was the first Australian woman to have an amateur radio operator’s license. She was a lifelong advocate for women’s technical education and founded the Women’s Emergency Signalling Corps in 1939 so women volunteers could replace men in civilian communications when they joined the armed forces during World War II.
Number 183 in an ongoing series celebrating remarkable women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.