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Bowen, Sara Elva Gladys

Occupation
Communist and Political candidate
Alternative Names
  • Phipps, Sally (maiden name)

Summary

Sally Bowen was an early candidate for parliamentary election. She stood for the Communist Party of Australia in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Bulli in 1953 (under her maiden name Phipps), 1962 and 1965.

Details

Sally Bowen (nee Phipps) ran for the NSW Legislative Assembly seat of Bulli three times as a Communist candidate. At the time of her two later campaigns, she was married to a miner and they had two young children. She was the Vice President of the South Coast District of the Union of Australian Women and a member of the Corimal Miners' Women's Auxiliary. She had played a leading roll in campaigns for local government reforms.

Sources used to compile this entry: Ephemera on NSW State and local elections, Box 2, Mitchell Library collection, State Library of NSW, Sydney; Illawarra Mercury, February 1955.

Annette Alafaci

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