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
|Member of the NSW Legislative Council||6 Nov 1978||5 Mar 1999||20yr(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 Services||25 Mar 1988||24 Jul 1990||2yrs 3mths 30days|
|Minister for School Education and Youth Affairs||24 Jul 1990||3 Jul 1992||1yr 11mths 10days|
|Minister for Education and Youth Affairs and Minister for Employment and Training||3 Jul 1992||26 May 1993||10mth(s) 24day(s)|
|Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Minister for Tourism and Minister Assisting the Premier||26 May 1993||4 Apr 1995||1yr(s) 10mth(s) 10day(s)|
|Opposition Whip||3 Apr 1984||22 Feb 1988||3yr(s) 10mth(s) 20day(s)|
|President of the Legislative Council||29 Jun 1998||5 Mar 1999||8mth(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.
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.