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Booth, Angela Elizabeth Josephine (1869 - 1954)

27 October 1869
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
5 September 1954
Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
Educator, Local government councillor and Political candidate
Alternative Names
  • Plover, Elizabeth (birth name)


Angela Booth served in local government while she attempted to gain a seat in the Victorian state parliament. She served as councillor for the Warrandyte Riding of the Doncaster and Templestowe shire from 1926-33. In 1927 she unsuccessfully sought Nationalist endorsement for state parliament before standing in 1929 as an Independent Nationalist candidate for the Legislative Assembly seat of Brighton in the Victorian state election.

In 1936 she and her husband James, were founding members of the Eugenics Society of Victoria. She served as its vice president.


Angela Booth was born in Liverpool, England and migrated to Australia in 1896. In 1897 she married James Booth, a medical practioner and divorcee, at St Andrew's Anglican Cathedral, Sydney.
In 1901 they moved to Broken Hill. While she was there she joined the Women's Political Association, emphasising the need for women to participate in political life. She remained a member until 1915, when she resigned over its pacifist stance in World War 1. She was also a member of the Liberal Education Society.
Before the outbreak of World War 1, the Booths settled in Melbourne where Angela became active in conservative politics, She was president of the National Federation and a prominent member of the Australian Women's National League.

Sources used to compile this entry: McBurnie, Grant, 'Booth, Angela Elizabeth Josephine (1869-1954)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006,

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