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Tangney, Dorothy Margaret (1911 - 1985)

Dame, DBE, BA, DipEd.

Born
13 March 1911
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Died
1 June 1985
Occupation
Parliamentarian

Summary

In the Queen's Birthday list (8 June 1968) Dorothy Tangney became the first Western Australian born woman to be appointed Dames Commander of the British Empire for services to the Western Australia Parliament. She was a senator for Western Australia in the Senate of the Australian Parliament from 1943 until she retired in 1968.

Details

A former schoolteacher Dorothy Tangney became the first woman member of the Australian Senate. An advocate for health and welfare, she served on the Joint Committee on Social Security 1943-1946 and served as a senator from 1943 until she retired in 1968. Dorothy Tangney featured on the 45c stamp (1973) and the electoral division of Tangney in Western Australia is named after her. Also in 1999 the street, formerly known as Administration Place (Canberra), was changed to Dorothy Tangney Place. In the Queen's Birthday list (8 June 1968) Dorothy Tangney became the first Western Australian born woman to be appointed Dames Commander of the British Empire for services to the Western Australian Parliament.

Sources used to compile this entry: http://www.nwmc.org.au/history2/biogs/tagney.htm accessed 23/01/2002 http://www.curriculum.edu.au/democracy/connect/classact/polact.htm accessed 23/01/2002.

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Papers of Dorothy Margaret Tangney, 1938-1986, 1938 - 1986, MS 7564; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Parliamentarians' questionnaires, 1982 - 1983, MS 8806; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

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