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Wedgwood, Ivy Evelyn (1896 - 1975)

Senator Dame, DBE

Born
18 October 1896
Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Died
24 July 1975
Toorak, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Parliamentarian
Website
http://biography.senate.gov.au/index.php/wedgwood-ivy-evelyn-annie/

Summary

Ivy Wedgwood was the first Victorian woman to be elected to the Senate. She served as Liberal Senator for Victoria from 1950 to 1971, when she retired. Ivy Wedgwood was appointed to The Order of the British Empire - Dames Commander on 10 June 1967 for services to Parliament.

Details

Wedgwood was the first woman to chair a Senate Committee in 1968. From 1962 to 1971 Wedgwood was Temporary Chairman of Committees.
The National Library of Australia manuscript biography advises:
"She was a campaigner for improved facilities for handicapped people … and a was a member of the group that met in 1944 to found the Liberal Party."
Dame Wedgwood passed away in 1975.

Sources used to compile this entry: Scobie, Doug, 'Wedgwood, Dame Ivy Evelyn Annie (1896-1975)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A160614b.htm.

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Papers, [manuscript] 1928-1972, 1928 - 1972, MS 5159; Wedgwood, Ivy Evelyn (1896 - 1975), Wedgewood, Ivy Dame; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Anne Heywood

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