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

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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
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 07 Sep 1961 05 Nov 1978 17 years 1 month 30 days 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.
Military Service
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Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
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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