New $50 bank note featuring KEMH hits the streets

New $50 bank note featuring KEMH hits the streets
An image of the new $50 note
October 22, 2018

The Reserve Bank has launched the new $50 banknote, which features King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) with Edith Cowan.

As with the existing banknote, the new $50 features portraits of Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon and the first female member of an Australian parliament, Edith Cowan, who was also a founding member of the KEMH Advisory Board. KEMH opened its doors in 1916 following campaigning by prominent Western Australian Women, including Edith Cowan.

Reserve Bank Governor, Philip Lowe, said: “David Unaipon and Edith Cowan were campaigners for social change …the new banknote provides the opportunity to tell more of the rich story behind these distinguished Australians.”

Their stories are told through a number of design elements, including a picture of the gumnut brooch Cowan had made to symbolise that entry into Parliament was a ‘hard nut to crack’ for women, and the King Edward Memorial Hospital."