The yellow scarf, portrait of Henry Handel Richardson (above) by Rupert Bunny
Kim Rubenstein, author of The Vetting of Wisdom: Joan Montgomery and the Fight for PLC talks about her choice of title. Cinematography – Steve Moxey
Rubenstein’s title recalls Henry Handel Richardson’s classic The Getting of Wisdom wherein Laura Rambotham, clever, precocious but naïve, leaves her home in the country for boarding school in turn-of-the-century Melbourne.
Timeline of Joan Montgomery’s brilliant career:
Birth of Joan Mitchell Montgomery
5 Queens Road, South Melbourne. She was the first of four daughters born to Beryl and William Montgomery.
Joan’s first day as a student at PLC. It coincided with that of Miss M.F.B. Neilson, PLC’s new Principal.
The May 1938 school magazine Patchwork reported it as being
‘the first time since the College was founded, in February 1875, a woman holds the
office of Principal.