- 7 October 1884
Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
- 21 August 1959
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Housewife and Politician
- Alternative Names
- Day, Gertrude (maiden name)
A tireless worker for the rights of women, children and 'the little people', Gertrude Melville became known as the 'grand old lady of the Labor Party'. She was their candidate in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly Elections for the Eastern Suburbs in 1925 and for Hurstville in 1932 (Federal Labor party). Gertrude Melville was finally elected to parliament as a Member Legislative Council in 1952 to 1958. Prior to her attempts to enter parliament, she was Alderman in the Cabramatta-Canley Vale Municipal Council from 1944 to 1948, including a period as Mayor (1945-48).