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ABLEY, Barbara

Special Achievements:

First woman Mayor of Geelong City Council, the first in this Victoria Council’s preceding 134-year history (2002).

Additional Information:

Barbara Abley was elected in March 2001 to the Council of the City of Greater Geelong.  She was also elected as Deputy Mayor in 2001.

Barbara has been awarded the Lions International Medal of Merit in 2002 and, in 2003, was named the Zonta Woman of the Year. She became a member (AM) in the general division of the order of Australia in 2007, for "service to local government and regional development, particularly through the Geelong Region Alliance, and to the community through a range of aged care, disability, health and service organisations".


  • Image - Barbara Abley

    Image courtesy of Barbara Abley, NPWHF collection