Biographies of the Early Aldermen
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.