Elizabeth Dickson

At the end of 1908, Mrs Elizabeth Dickson retired as a rural postwoman after 30 years and 8 months’ service. It was reported that she had never once been late for duty and had only taken off 14 days for illness.

She was well-known in her district, walking thirteen and a half miles each day in the course of her duties. On her retirement, it was calculated that she had walked 129,392 miles during her Post Office career, “or a distance equal to more than five times round the world".