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Robertson, Agnes Robertson (1882 - 1968)

Born
31 July 1882
Stepney, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Died
29 January 1968
Mount Waverley, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Parliamentarian and Teacher
Website
http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A160126b.htm

Summary

Initially a member of the Liberal and Country League of Western Australia, Agnes Robertson was elected to the Senate of the Australian Parliament in December 1949. On being dropped from the Liberal Party's Senate ticket in 1955 because of her age, she joined the Country and Democratic League, was listed first on its ticket and won, becoming the first Country Party's female senator. She retired from parliament in 1962.

Sources used to compile this entry: Birman, Wendy, 'A Woman of Some Importance: Senator Agnes Robertson 1882-1968', Early Days , vol. 2, no. 2, Royal Western Australian Historical Society, Perth, 1996.

Rosemary Francis

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