The bills were released late last year and feature Edith Cowan, the first female member of an Australian parliament. Only after six months a typo error was found inside. A quotation from her first speech to parliament was printed several times in very small letters but each time the word “responsibilty” has a missing „i”. The Reserve Bank of Australia spelled “responsibility” as “responsibilty.” Around 46 million of the new notes are in use across the country and the error will be corrected only in the future print runs. The note is and will remain valid in circulation. New security features were already embedded in the design to improve accessibility and prevent counterfeiting.
Edith Dircksey Cowan was an Australian social reformer who worked for the rights and welfare of women and children, born in 1861. She was featured the reverse of Australia’s 50-dollar note since 1995. She was also one of the founders of the Karrakatta Club, the first women’s social club in Australia. She was one of the first women to serve on a local board of education, and in 1906 helped to found the Children’s Protection Society. In 1911 helped establish a state branch of the National Council of Women.