Barbara MacLeod

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Barbara Denise MacLeod (15 February 1929 – 9 January 2000)[1] was an Australian naval officer. She served as director of the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS).[2]

Born in Bunbury, Western Australia, MacLeod graduated from the Western Australia Teachers College and taught primary school for two years.[1] She joined the WRANS as an officer candidate in 1953, and over her years of service "served in every establishment where the WRANS were posted".[3] She was the first woman to attend the Australian Administrative Staff College and the first woman in the Australian navy to attain the rank of captain.[4][1] In 1982 she also became the first Australian woman to serve as aide-de-camp, to Queen Elizabeth II.[1]

She was a member of the Order of Australia and received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "MacLeod, Barbara Denise (1929 - 2000)". Australian Women's Register. National Foundation for Australian Women. 
  2. ^ Libby Stewart (2014). "Australian Defence Force". The Encyclopedia of Women & Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia. Australian Women's Archives Project. 
  3. ^ Andrea Argirides. "Women in the RAN: The Road to Command at Sea". Royal Australian Navy. 
  4. ^ "The Age". 6 August 1992. p. 52 – via