In 1968, Bryce became the first woman appointed as a faculty member of the law school where she had studied, and in 1978 she joined the new National Women's Advisory Council.This was followed by appointment to a number of positions, including the first Director of the Queensland Women's Information Service, the Queensland Director of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, and the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner in 1988.Born in Brisbane, Queensland, Bryce was raised in Ilfracombe, with her family subsequently living in a number of country towns around Australia.She attended the University of Queensland, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, becoming one of the first women accepted to the Queensland Bar.Amanda Vandstone accused her of possible grandstanding, and wrote: "In publicly declaring these views, she has brought that high office into a political realm in which it does not belong....Someone might explain to her that the job is not about her …Her family left the area in 1949, initially relocating to Launceston, Tasmania, where they remained for approximately a year.Returning to Queensland, her family moved to Belmont.
The decision was generally well received: current and previous Labor state premiers supported her selection and both the then Leader of the Opposition, Brendan Nelson, and the leader of the Australian Greens, Bob Brown, spoke in favour of the decision.He said: "The Governor-General must act on advice, except in relation to her most important role, that of constitutional guardian.She may advise against a state visit, but if ministers insist, must go." Ms Bryce explained politely that she was in fact the new convenor of the National Women's Advisory Council. And sometimes, as Sir Billy proved, southern Australia wasn't much better country either.For much of the time since she became public property in the 1980s, Ms Bryce seems to have managed to combine family and career seamlessly while somehow convincing both sides of whatever issue she was running on that she understood exactly their positions, an enviable knack when dealing with politicians.
In 1956, Quentin Strachan started attending boarding school at Moreton Bay College, Wynnum, Brisbane.