The Hon. Virginia Anne CHADWICK, B.A. Dip.Ed. (1944 - 2009)**

  • Date of Birth: 19/12/1944
  • Place of Birth: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of Death: 18/09/2009
  • Place of Death: Toronto, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Council6 Nov 19785 Mar 199920yr(s) 3mth(s) 28day(s)
A Member of the directly elected Legislative Council. Dates of Election 7 October 1978 and 19 March 1988.
Minister for Family and Community Services25 Mar 198824 Jul 19902yrs 3mths 30days
Minister for School Education and Youth Affairs24 Jul 19903 Jul 19921yr 11mths 10days
Minister for Education and Youth Affairs and Minister for Employment and Training3 Jul 199226 May 199310mth(s) 24day(s)
Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Minister for Tourism and Minister Assisting the Premier26 May 19934 Apr 19951yr(s) 10mth(s) 10day(s)
Opposition Whip3 Apr 198422 Feb 19883yr(s) 10mth(s) 20day(s)
President of the Legislative Council29 Jun 19985 Mar 19998mth(s) 5day(s)
Granted retention of title of "Honourable" for life.

Political Party Activity

Liberal Party. Joined Newcastle Young Liberals 1960 and subsequently Liberal Party, Newcastle Branch. Held most offices at Branch and Conference level, various State Council Committees and a past member of State Executive. Chair of Hunter Parliamentary Taskforce.

Community Activity

Member and Patron of various community organisations.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

High School Teacher and businesswoman in a computer service. B.A., Dip.Ed. University of Newcastle. Newcastle Girls School from 1967 until 1968. Dormers Wells, Southall, United Kingdom 1969 until 1970. Newcastle Technical College 1971 until 1973. Finance Director of Compuserve Newcastle Pty Ltd in 1978. First woman Opposition Whip and woman to gain ministerial appointment in a Liberal Government. First woman President of the Legislative Council. Recreational interests included water skiing, swimming, art and family.


Married Bruce Sheldon and they had 1 daughter and 1 son.

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