The women behind Kambri’s buildings

8 March 2019

Have you been down to Kambri and wondered who the namesakes are behind the streets and buildings that make up the new precinct?

From its inception, it was important that our new community heart celebrated the work of ANU women, as well as our local First Australians.

Below is more information about the women and the buildings and streets they are named name in their honour.

It is a reminder of the tireless work that has helped to shape the ANU, and Kambri, story.

JOPLIN LANE - Dr Germaine Joplin

DrGermain Joplin was a Research Fellow in the Department of Geophysics from 1952 and an ANU Council member from 1969.

Her research into rock physics during the 1960s made a significant and enduring contribution to the field of geology.

"When I started in the early [19]20s girls were not supposed to go wandering about with maps and sacks of rocks, but if you were really interested in your work you had to..." Germaine Joplin quoted in The Canberra Times, 6 August 1968, p10

In 1982, she was awarded the W. R. Browne Medal for distinguished contributions to the Geological Sciences of Australia and became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).


Dr Marie Reay was a pioneering ethnographer whose work was at the forefront of twentieth-century Australian anthropology.

Her research in the position of women in the PNG Highlands broke new ground, long before second-wave feminism brought interest in the position of women in society.

Dr Reay was a research fellow at the Research School of Pacific Studies from 1959 and an Advocate for Indigenous Australia, closely associated with Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

Dr Marie Reay was an ANU Council member from 1969.

TANGNEY  ROAD - Senator Dorothy Tangney 

Senator Dorothy Tangney was the first woman member of the Australian Senate in 1943 and served on the  first ANU Council from 1951 to 1968. During this time, she was the only woman on Council.

In her maiden speech to the Senate in 1943, she stressed her belief in women as equal partners in Australian society, and throughout her career made women's rights a high priority.


Di Riddell was the ANUSA Administrative Secretary from 1965-1990.

Riddell nurtured generations of students and was instrumental in establishing some of the key welfare and advisory services of ANUSA, as well as building support for the fledgling ANU Arts Centre (where she worked following her retirement from ANUSA in 1990).

She is remembered for her tireless work to support of the wide range of activists at ANU and as an important figure in the lives of students throughout her time at the Association.


'Queen' Caroline Lane was a figure held in high esteem by both First Australians and non-Indigenous people in her lifetime.

She is highly regarded and related to many of the contemporary Ngunawal and Ngambri families who are the traditional custodians of the land where Kambri is located.ilies who are the traditional custodians of the land where Kambri is located.