Jane Mathews mosaic - EDO NSW

Chair Jane Mathews honoured in mosaic

The Chair of the EDO NSW Board, Jane Mathews AO, who was the first woman appointed as a judge in NSW, was among women trailblazers honoured at a recent NSW Law Society gala dinner.

The First 100 Years of Women in Law Gala Dinner wrapped up a year of initiatives in which the Law Society, supported by the Women Lawyers Association of NSW, acknowledged female trailblazers in the law, including the launch of a dedicated website, www.first100years.com.au, the commissioning of a portrait of Australia’s first female Chief Justice, Susan Kiefel AC, and the production of an inspiring video about women in law.

The final act was the unveiling of photo mosaics, portraying three significant female pioneers in the law: former Justice Jane Mathews, Marie Byles, the first practising solicitor in NSW, and Ada Evans, Australia’s first female law graduate.  

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Portraits of Susan Kiefel, Jane Mathews, Marie Byles and Ada Evans.

The mosaics were created by Sydney artist Rocco Fazzari using hundreds of photos of Australian lawyers. They were presented as large-scale digital portraits and sponsored by Allen & Overy, MinterEllison and Ashurst. The artworks are now housed in various Law firms.