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Gloria Joan Liles CHILD

Also known as: Joan

Born: 1921

Died: 23/02/2013

Special Achievements:

First woman Australian Labor Party (ALP) member in the House of Representatives (1974) 

Australia's first woman Speaker of either House of the Federal Parliament (House of Representatives: 1986)

In the Queen's Birthday Honours of June 1990, Child was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Additional Information:

Then Prime Minister Julia Gillard described herself as 'one of the women who walked through the door that Joan so brilliantly opened' (Australian, 6 March 2013).

Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2001


  • Image - Joan Child

    Joan Child, Labor MP and Speaker of the House of Representatives, takes her seat in chamber of federal Parliament House in Canberra in an undated image from 1987. (Photograph supplied by sitter now in WMA collection)