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Former Member Details

Mrs Lilian FOWLER (1887 - 1954)

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Date of Birth: 07/06/1887
Place of Birth: Cooma, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 11/05/1954
Place of Death: Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 27 May 1944 22 May 1950 5 years 11 months 26 days
Member for Newtown 27 May 1944 20 Mar 1947 2 years 9 months 22 days
Member for Newtown 03 May 1947 22 May 1950 3 years 20 days
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Member of central executive from 1920 until 1921, 1923 until 1926, president of Central Women's conference in 1926; acted as a secretary to F.M Burke, stood against him as Lang Labor when he transferred allegiance from J.T Lang.
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1920
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Housewife and secretary. Educated to state primary level; journeyed to Sydney in 1911 and lived thereafter in Newtown; active in community organisations and local government; presided at Cooma court in 1921; director of Picton Lakes TB Settlement; executive member of Women's Voluntary National Register from 1939 until 1940; trustee of Erskine Hospital and Newtown Police Boys Club; active worker for Methodist church.
Military Service
Honours Received
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman at Newtown from 1929 until 1948. Mayor from 1938 until 1939, first woman Alderman in New South Wales and first woman Mayor in Australia; prominent in Mayors relief movement, Newtown, during depression.
Personal
Daughter of Charles Monro Gill, stage coach driver, and Frances Rebecca Gonson. Married Albert Edward Fowler in 1910 and had issue, 1 daughter. Funeral at Rookwood cemetery from Newtown Methodist church.
Additional Information
Note on spelling: According to her signature on her 1944 Oath of Allegiance in the Parliamentary Archives, her first name is spelt "Lilian"