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Beverly Knight interviewed by Nikki Henningham in the Women and leadership in a century of Australian democracy oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5717512
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Knight, Beverly, 1946-, Interviewee
 
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Description 2011 
1 sound file (ca. 91 min.) 
Series

Women and leadership in a century of Australian democracy oral history project.

Summary

Beverly Knight, discusses her family life and background; born Beverly Stephens, 1946; long family connection with Essendon Football Club; early memories of attending the football; culture of women at games, no female toilets at the ground; alcohol affected behaviour; Elaine Findlay; mother's grandfather funding her mother's florist business once all children at school; grandfather's story; wreck of the Glenelg; desire for independence; completing hairdressing apprenticeship at George's department store; value of networking; appreciation for finer things; took job with future husband Anthony Knight, pioneer of discoteques in Australia; studied cooking at William Angliss College; Bertie's; Sebastian's; meeting international celebrities through work; Sunbury; Kismet; purchasing and running restaurants;

Al Caston House; 99 Spring St; Janet Holmes a Court; her interest in Indigenous art; developing a collection; displaying Indigenous art in their restaurants; her first gallery; Central Australian Aboriginal Media association representative; code of conduct in collecting Indigenous art; Tom Robert's painting; encouraging Indigenous women artists; Sally Gabori; first female Essendon Football Club board member; difficulties being on the board; Kevin Sheedy; Windy Hill Football Ground; Melbourne Cricket Ground; David Shaw; Sam Mostyn; Tim Watson; Michael Long; James Demetriou; Andrew Demetriou; Beverly O'Connor; Essendon Women's Network; Fosters Brewing; Sportsready; AFL Commisson; attitudes to women on sports boards; Peggy Haines; Julie Bishop; ANZAC Day match; Dreamtime at the 'G game; Graeme McMahon; West Coast Eagles; getting women and Indigenous directors onto AFL Boards.

Biography/History

Beverly Knight became the first female member of an AFL club board (Essendon) in 1993. She was Director of AFL Sportsready in 1995-2009, overseeing the development of the company to train professional young men and women in all aspects of sport, Australia wide. She is a longtime supporter of Indigenous artists and established Alcaston Gallery in Fitzroy, Melbourne to promote Indigenous art works by living artists.

Notes

Recorded on 20 July 2011 in Melbourne, Vic.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (7 p.) 
Subjects Knight, Beverly, 1946- -- Interviews.  |  Leadership in women -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Henningham, Nicola, 1960-, Interviewer

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