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Former Member Details

Miss Millicent PRESTON-STANLEY (1883 - 1955)

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Date of Birth: 09/09/1883
Place of Birth: Sydney , New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 23/06/1955
Place of Death: Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member for Eastern Suburbs 30 May 1925 07 Sep 1927 2 years 3 months 9 days
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 30 May 1925 07 Sep 1927 2 years 3 months 9 days
Political Party Activity
Nationalist Party. Councillor 1923 - 1925, 1930 - 1932, United Australia Party, vice president 1933 - 1937, councillor 1937 - 1942, president of Women's Debating Club 1933.
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1921
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Businesswoman and journalist. Educated privately; attended lectures at University of Sydney 1913; organising secretary for Women's Liberal League 1906 - 1915; lecture tour of United States of America 1915; organiser for National Party in New South Wales and Queensland 1918, 1919 - 1920; director Reginald Weaver and Company Limited, real estate; organiser for New South Wales Temperance Alliance 1922 - 1925, president of Business Women's Prohibition League 1922 - 1925; and Little Citizens' Kindergarten committee c.1922 - 1925; president of Women's Justices' Association 1923 - 1926; president c.1920 - 1925; National Committee for Care and Control of Mental Defectives; president of Women's Legion 1930; organiser for Sane Democracy League 1931; joined Australian Federal Women Voters 1931; president British Film League; vice president of Girl Guides and of Save The Children Fund; member of British-American Cooperation Movement from 1936, delegate to Pan Pacific Women's Conference, Vancouver 1937, lecture tour of the United States of America and Canada 1937 - 1938; co-founder and director secretary of Women's Australian National Services 1940 - 1941; secretary of the United Australia Party War Comforts Fund 1939; campaign director of Australian Women's Movement against Socialisation 1947 - 1953; author in 1927, 1942
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Daughter of Augustine Gregory Stanley, grocer, and Fanny Ellen Preston. Married Crawford Vaughan, businessman, previously Premier of South Australia in 1934. Funeral at Northern Suburbs crematorium from St Mark's Church of England, Darling Point.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11 Ken Turner and Michael Hogan (editors), The Worldly Art of Politics, Sydney, Federation Press, 2006 (Chapter 8: "Millicent Preston Stanley: Organising for women's representation", by Michael Hogan, page 86). Elizabeth Faye Smith, Millicent Preston Stanley: A Feminist in Politics, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Thesis, University of Sydney, 1977. (A copy of this thesis is available for consultation at the Parliamentary Archives, by appointment.). Her Papers are in the National Library of Australia: . Her entry on the Archives Register of the Australian Women's Archives Project is at: Her portrait (1951) by Jerrold Nathan hangs in the Legislative Assembly Lobby