The Hon. Dr Helen Wai-Har SHAM-HO, OAM, B.A., Dip.Soc.Wk (Syd) B.Leg.S (Macq) (1943 - )**

  • Date of Birth: 09/09/1943
  • Place of Birth: Hong Kong
The Honourable Helen Sham-Ho, MLC

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Council19 Mar 198828 Feb 200314yrs 11mths 10days
50th (1991 - 1995)
51st (1995 - 1999)
53rd (2003 - 2007)
A Member of the directly elected Legislative Council. Dates of Elections 19 March 1988 and 25 March 1995. Elected for balance of term of service of Hon. J.D Garland, resigned.

Political Party Activity

Liberal Party. Member of the Seaforth Branch: 1992; Epping Branch: 1982-1991. Resigned from Liberal Party 1998.

Community Activity

Life member of Australian-Chinese Community Association and Chinese Youth League. Advisor and member of numerous organisations including the following: Australian-Chinese Forum of New South Wales Incorporated. (Foundation member) ; Indo-China Chinese Association; Chung Chin Association; Australian Chinese-Descendants Mutual Association; Australian Teo Chew Association; Elderly Australian Chinese Homes (New South Wales) Co-operative Limited; Australian Chinese Academics and Professionals Association; Malaysian Singapore Association; Sydney Chinese Women's Network; Chinese Women's Association; Sydney West Elderly Welfare Association Inc.; Chinese Parents Association Children with Disabilities; Way-In Network; Ryde Family Support Service (Foundation President: 1982); National Council of Women of New South Wales (Honorary Member); Western Sydney Region Advisory Committee Member and Commissioner for Ethnic Affairs Commission: 1984-1988; Ryde/Hunters Hill Interagency (Foundation Member: 1973); Life Line Centre Counsellor: 1969-1970; Northern District Council Parents & Citizens Association Councillor: 1976-1977; Australian Local Government Women's Association.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Lawyer (solicitor). B.A., Dip.Soc.Wk., University of Sydney; B.Leg.S. Macquarie University. Social Worker St Vincents Hospital, Darlinghurst, Mount St Margarets Hospital and Ryde Hospital. Solicitor, J.A. Buda and Associates, Cabramatta. Educated at Domremy College High School. Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) in September 2014. Leisure activities include reading, swimming, cooking, sewing and theatre.


Migrated to Australia in 1961. Married (1) and had issue 2 daughters. Married (2) Robert Ho on 15 December 1987, 3 stepchildren. First Chinese born Parliamentarian in Australia.

Additional Information

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