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Ewers, Florence ( - 1937)


Orchardist and Feminist


Florence Ewers was a party stalwart and committed feminist who was an ALP candidate for the following elections: New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Cumberland in 1925; New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Hawkesbury in 1927; Sutherland Shire Council in 1928 and 1929.


Florence Ewers moved to live in the Sutherland Shire c. 1909, and was active in the local Labor Party branch and a member of the Labor Women's Central Organising Committee.

She was not easily intimidated, and proceeded in the Kogarah Police Court, against Hannah Brady for using insulting words to her, outside a Labor League meeting. The action was dismissed and Mrs Ewers had to pay the court costs.

In her campaign for Sutherland Shire Council in 1928, Florence Ewers made no secret of her feminism, stating she believed in feminine representation on any public body, especially in councils and in Parliament. She advocated the expediting of Woronora Dam and the electrification of the railway to Cronulla. She was a member of a deputation to the Railway Commissioner in 1930 on the subject of the extension of the railway line to Cronulla.

Sources used to compile this entry: Maryanne Larkin: Sutherland Shire: a history to 1939. (1998), pp.114-115; Propeller ,4 July 1924, 22 July 1927, 16 November 1928, 20 September 1929, 25 February 1937; The Hurstville Propeller, 19 February 1915; Cronulla-Sutherland Advocate, 23 November 1928.

Annette Alafaci

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