Listen: Lillian Armfield, Tilly Devine, DOJ discussed on Conversations
"This is an ABC podcast teenage runaways, DOJ fortune tellers cocaine dealers brothel owners and murderers, these the people Lillian Armfield spent much of her life with Lillian was ustralia first female police detective her turf was the slums of inner city Sydney in an era of vicious her battles known as the raise awards. It was a time when warring underworld queens, Tilly Devine and Kate Lee were household names in her many years as chief of the women's police special constable Lillian Armfield investigated, it all often working solo and undercover least rules book about liens life is cold Lillian Armfield, how Australia's first female detective took on Tilly Devine, and the Raisa gangs and changed the face of the force a spoke with late last year. Hi, les, Lord. When the New South Wales police, I advertised for women recruits. What were they looking for? They were looking for women who had the capacity to be working in a professional manner. But there were very specific you had to be single. They want even considering widows at that point. So you had to be single you had to be quite strong commanding and have this kind of character that that you could work under a lot of pressure. So they really liked women who had either worked in state children's relief or had worked in hospitals. They they had a preference for nurses. And this was nineteen fifteen that they put out an advertisement for women recruits. Why then why did the police decide to open its ranks to women at that point? Well, the the women's activists had been pushing for from about the use of the twentieth century because they were watching what was happening in Britain. What was happening in the United States at the time, and they were all sorry bringing their on women's police. Case. And the activists were the women's activists were arguing that women and girls on the streets naked women to look after them. And that my officers weren't quite doing that. Because I didn't have that sort of same level of dealing with women as such. So they campaigning that it was a woman's job to do that. And it really came about by nineteen fifteen because we'd gone off to war. And we're really in the thick of it by the state, but stage in nineteen fifteen where at the peninsula, we know that story. And so the argument then ran that. Because there were a number of my police officers who are fighting in the war, perhaps this was an opportunity to make a case that women could be introduced because as a a dwindling of numbers when that advancement went out for women was much interested many women put their hand up. We'll over four hundred women applied. So that's a lot of interest.."