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WEBER, Ivy Lavinia

Also known as: née Filshie

Born: 7/6/1892

Died: 6/3/1976

Special Achievements:

1937 - President, League of Women Electors.
1937 - Candidate for the Legislative Assembly seat of Nunawading, State election and became the second woman to be elected to the Victorian parliament and the first at a general election.  Re-elected twice, and resigned in 1943 to contest the Federal seat of Henty for the “Women to Canberra” movement of which she was president.
2001 - Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Additional Information:

Possibly worked at Reuters newsagency, Sydney, New South Wales.
Rice Health and Strength College.
Worked for Berlei Corset Co., lecturing on figure control.
1930-34 - Served on the management committee of the Queen Victoria Hospital.
1934-39 - Executive-member of the National Council of Women.
1937 - Officer of the Playgrounds Association and the Red Cross Society.
1939-43 - President of the Local Option Alliance.
1939-53 - Member of the National Fitness Council.
1941-43 - Australian Temperance Council.


Resources

  • Image - Ivy Weber

    A photo of Ivy Weber, the first woman to be elected to the Legislative Assembly of Victoria in a general election, which appeared in the Australian magazine Woman's Day in 1943. It appears with the caption: Recently launched to encourage and support candidature of women for Federal Parliament, the "Women to Canberra" Movement has as organiser and chairman Mrs. Ivy Weber, Victoria's first M.L.A. "Through the voters of Australia women can take their rightful and valuable place in our country's future," she declares.

    Wikimedia Commons: File:WomansWeeklyIvyWeber.jpeg