Alice Elizabeth Foley Anderson

Alice was an Australian businesswoman, garage proprietor and mechanic.


Born in 1897, Alice founded Alice Anderson Motor Service, the first all-women garage workshop in Australia, in 1919.

The garage provided educational programs on engine technology for women and opportunities for women to participate in mechanics apprenticeships. Alice was adventurous and her driving expeditions were a subject of interest to the public, as evidenced by newspaper accounts of her Central Australian tour.

Sadly, Alice passed away at the age of only 29 in an accident in her garage. Regarding her untimely passing, The Herald reported that

Probably no woman in Melbourne was better known. She pioneered the way to motor garages for women, and made a greater success of it than most men could.