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Former Member Details

Mrs Edna Sirius ROPER (1913 - 1986)

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Date of Birth: 21/07/1913
Place of Birth: Alberton, South Australia, Australia
Date of Death: 08/10/1986
Place of Death: Leura, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 23 Apr 1958 05 Nov 1978 20 years 6 months 14 days A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 21 November 1957 and 12 March 1970. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.
Deputy Leader of Opposition 03 Dec 1973 13 May 1976 2 years 5 months 11 days
Deputy Leader of Government 14 May 1976 17 Oct 1978 2 years 5 months 4 days
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Joined 1941, office holder in various branches, honorary secretary New South Wales Labor Women's Central Organising Committee 1949 - 1957, senior vice president 1958 - 1960, president 1960 - 1967; vice president East Sydney federal electorate council; member of central executive 1952 - 1958.
Community Activity
Member of Ladies' Committee, Sydney Opera House Appeal Fund. Appointed as consumers representative on the New South Wales Dairy Industry Authority.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Housewife and Art Jewellery Maker. Educated at St Paul's Church of England School, Port Adelaide, South Australia; worked in father's mixed business; journeyed to Victoria; waitress and worked in a spinning mill, copyholder, shop assistant, cashier,made and sold artificial jewellery; director of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital 1953 and Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital 1961; councillor of Bush Nursing Association 1961 - 1970; committee member of St John Ambulance Association 1971; delegate to International Women's Year conference, Mexico 1975. Recreational interests include literature and the Arts.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Daughter of Martin Lorence, sea captain, and Hilda Rose Arnold. Married Gilbert Roper, linotype operator, on 2 April 1932. Funeral at St Stephen's Presbyterian Church, Macquarie Street, Sydney and Northern Suburbs crematorium, North Ryde.
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