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Steele, Joyce Wilfred (1909 - 1991)

Born
1909
Australia
Died
1991
South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Parliamentarian

Summary

A member of the Liberal and Country League, Joyce Steele was the first woman to be elected to the House of Assembly in the South Australian Parliament in 1959. She stood in the seat of Burnside. She was the first woman in the South Australian Parliament to achieve Cabinet rank as Minister for Education in the Hall Government from 1968-69, then moved to the Social Welfare Ministry in 1969. After major electoral reform in 1968, Steele stood for the new seat of Davenport at the 1970 state election and won convincingly. She retired before the 1973 election.

Archival resources

State Library of South Australia

  • Interview with Joyce Steele [sound recording] Interviewer: Anne Geddes, 1984, PRG 727/2/8; Women Pioneers Oral History Project; State Library of South Australia. Details
  • Liberal Party, S. A. Division : SUMMARY RECORD, 1900 - 1997, SRG 168 PART OUTSIZE 1,6; State Library of South Australia. Details
  • Recordings of Joyce Steele [sound recording] Interviewer: Meg Denton, 1989 - 1991, OH 368; State Library of South Australia. Details

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