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    Lady Peacock plants a tree, 1907
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Peacock, Millie Gertrude (1870 - 1948)

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Born
3 August 1870
Victoria, Australia
Died
7 February 1948
Occupation
Parliamentarian and Political candidate
Website
http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/re-member/bioregfull.cfm?mid=1366

Summary

Lady Millie Peacock was the first woman member elected to the Victorian Parliament and the third woman elected to Parliament in Australia. On 1 January 1901 she married Victorian Parliamentarian Alexander Peacock (knighted 1902). Lady Peacock was the first President of the Creswick branch of the Australian Red Cross Society. She was a member of the Provisional Committee of the Victorian Division of the Australian branch of the British Red Cross Society (1914-1915). She then became a member of the Victorian Divisional Committee until 1934 and was a member of the Victorian General Committee until 1938. Following the death of her husband in 1933 Lady Peacock stood for and won her late husband's Legislative Assembly seat of Allandale. During her time in Parliament she made only one speech. She retired from Parliament in 1935.

Sources used to compile this entry: http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/milliepeacock.htm accessed 2004-02-19 and Alexander, Joseph A (ed.), Who's who in Australia 1944, 12 edn, The Herald and Weekly Times, Melbourne, 1944, p. 657.

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  • Australian Red Cross Victoria (1914 - )

    Member of the Provisional Committee, Victorian Division of the Australian branch of the British Red Cross Society 1914-1915, Victorian Divisional Committee c1915-1934 and the Victorian General Committee c 1934-1938

Archival resources

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Ivy Lavinia Weber, Victorian M.L.A, 1937-1943, [manuscript], 1979, MS 11017; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Digital resources

Title
Lady Peacock plants a tree
Type
Image
Date
1907

Details

Anne Heywood

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