Re: Question for Australians on hereOne theory is that a long time ago, many women in Oz were called Sheila, possibly derived from the Irish version of the name after a lot of people emigrated from Ireland to Australia.
Re: Question for Australians on hereThis begs a smartarsed response but it's too early in the morning and I can't think of one. In short, they're not. The only women I have ever known named Sheila were English. And that's a fact. I guess it's kind of the Australian equivalent of the English "bird" as a collective noun for women. I remember when I was a little kid hearing men call women sheilas. Today it is never used by any man under 100 years old. Its an archaic term. Like "cobber". Although plenty of Australians still say "fair dinkum" including moi. If you called a woman a sheila today you'd probably get charged with assault.
Re: Question for Australians on hereSorry for the interjection, but, in Blighty, there are still "Bird" watchers, although the emphasis has somewhat softened. I would not mind betting there are "Sheila" Spotters over there, never the less, a lot of spotting must still go on, through the smoky barbeque haze, at the opposing ends of the globe.
Re: Question for Australians on hereI have noticed that the term 'Sheila' , referring to any female, has almost disappeared here in NZ. When I was a teenager it was very common. Not meant in any way derogatory, just was the time, in the same way blokes were referred to as Jokers.