Biographies of the Early Aldermen

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Lilian Fowler

Mayor 1937-1939,
Alderman various periods 1935 – 1948

Lilian Fowler was the first woman elected to any local council in New South Wales. She held office sporadically after that point (1935–37, 1938–40, 1941–44, 1948), but on 7 December 1937 became Australia’s first female mayor, holding the mayoralty until 1939.

A detailed article on Lilian Fowler is available at Wikipedia.

Articles relating to Lilian Fowler:

‘Her Worship Madame Mayor – Will Keep a Wet Cupboard and Permit Smoking’, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Saturday, 18 December 1937, pp.29.

‘”Her Worship, The Mayor.” -Plea for Playgrounds and Cottages in Congested Areas’, The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 9 December 1937, pp 22.

 

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