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Barkl, Blanche ( - 2001)

11 August 2001
Dalmeny, New South Wales, Australia
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A once-only candidate for State Parliament (Liberal Party candidate for Bankstown in 1950), Blanche Barkl instead became a successful local councillor. She was Alderman for the Bankstown Municipal Council from 1948-54 and 1959-62, and was Bankstown Mayor from 1951-53.


Blanche Barkl was the first woman elected to Bankstown Municipal Council (1948), and the first woman elected Deputy Mayor (1949) and Mayor (1951-53). She also served as Divisional Commissioner, Girl Guides Sir Joseph Banks Division. She and her husband, Jim, had two daughters.

Sources used to compile this entry: Smith, A. Viola, Women in Australian Parliaments and Local Governments, Past and Present, Australian Local Government Women's Association; Australian National Advisory Committee on International Women's Year, Australian Local Government Women's Association, Canberra, 1975, 148 pp; Sydney Morning Herald, 28 May 1950 & 14 August 2001.

Annette Alafaci

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