In her six years as Australia’s Governor-General, Dame Quentin Bryce AC handwrote more than 50 letters a week. Since leaving office, she has put together Dear Quentin, a rich collection of the letters she wrote and received. Her letter-writing wit and skills were honed in boarding school, when she wrote to her parents weekly. It was perfect training for writing missives to those she met on trips around Australia and the world. She speaks with Ita Buttrose AO OBE about a life in letters.
Dame Quentin Bryce AC (Australian)
The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO has enjoyed a rich and distinguished career as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advocate, senior public officer, university college principal, and vice-regal representative in Queensland and Australia. Quentin served as Australia’s twenty-fifth Governor-General. She remains a pioneer in contemporary Australian society, and yet one who brings more than forty years of experience in reform, community building and leadership. In 2016 she was chair of the Queensland Premier’s Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council.
Ita Buttrose AO OBE (Australian)
Ita Buttrose is a legendary media editor, businesswoman, best-selling author and committed community and welfare contributor. She was the founding editor of Cleo, the youngest-ever editor of The Australian Women's Weekly and was the first woman to edit a major metropolitan newspaper in Australia, as editor-in-chief of both the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs. Ita was the 2013 Australian of the Year and currently co-hosts Studio 10 on Network TEN. She is National Ambassador of Alzheimer’s Australia, patron of the Macular Disease Foundation and Emeritus Director of Arthritis Australia. In 2014 Macquarie University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters on Ita in recognition of her contribution to the arts. In 2015, Ita was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Wollongong, for her contribution to mental health and ageing.