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Anderson, Irene Joyce (c. 1917 - 1985)


c. 1917
6 June 1985
North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Office worker, Political candidate, Political party organiser and Housewife
Alternative Names
  • Aspinall, Irene (maiden name)


An active and life long member of the ALP, Irene Anderson was interested in social justice, particularly for women. She was an ALP candidate for Kirribilli in 1973.


Irene Aspinall married Joe Anderson, longtime General Secretary, Painters & D, Meg.

Irene joined the Australian Labor Party in Marrickville and subsequently held branch office positions in the Dulwich Hill, North Sydney and Ben Boyd-Cammeray branches. She was a delegate to the Labor Women's Organising Committee for more than 20 years, and was Treasurer of it in 1964. She was also a delegate to State and Federal Electorate Councils over many years.

She was one of the Australian Delegation to the International Alliance of Women Conference in India in 1973.

Sources used to compile this entry: Sydney Morning Herald, 8 June 1985 p.144; Personal knowledge of Rachel Grahame; ALP Woman souvenir magazine. 1964; Ephemera on NSW State and local elections, Box 3 , Mitchell Library collection, State Library of NSW, Sydney.

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