The Hon. Amelia Elizabeth Mary RYGATE (1898 - 1988)**

  • Date of Birth: 27/01/1898
  • Place of Birth: Canowindra, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of Death: 01/06/1988
  • Place of Death: Canowindra, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Council7 Sep 19615 Nov 197817yr(s) 1mth(s) 30day(s)
A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 7 September 1961 and 8 December 1966. Elected at By-election to fill Dougherty and Mahony vacancies. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.

Political Party Activity

Australian Labor Party (ALP). Joined in 1923, nominee of Independent Labor group for election to Legislative Council, rejoined in 1966.

Community Activity

Member of Country Women's Association since 1943. Member of Dramatic and Musical Society to raise patriotic funds from 1914 until 1918 and similar organisation 1939 until 1945 in World War.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Housewife and racehorse breeder. Farmer and grazier. Educated at St Mary's College, Bathurst; as a singer organised entertainment for troops 1914 - 1918 and 1939 - 1945; managed grazing property Canowindra after husband's death, breeder and owner of racehorses.


Daughter of Albert Rice, wheat farmer. Married Gerald Blake Rygate on 7 February 1923 and they had 1 son. Gerald Rygate was also a member of the Legislative Council. Roman Catholic.

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