• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE0494

Best, Amelia Martha

(1900 – 1979)
  • Born 29 April, 1900, Lower Barrington Tasmania Australia
  • Died 14 November, 1979, Launceston Tasmania Australia
  • Occupation Parliamentarian


Millie Best was one of the first two women elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly. Throughout her life she was a dedicated community and voluntary worker including being a commandant in the Voluntary Aid Detachment Canteen Services during World War II.

On 2 January 1956 Amelia Best was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to social welfare.


Besides being the Member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly for Wilmont from 1955-1956 and 1958-1959, Best was active within the Liberal party as well as being a community worker. She was a foundation member of the Women Show Judges Association and foundation president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. A member of the Board of Governors for the Launceston Girl’s Home, Best also was treasurer to the Auxiliary Cosgrove Park Home and an executive member of the United Nations Association. Other memberships included the Red Cross Meals on Wheels, the Good Neighbour Council and the National Council of Women.

Amelia Best died in Launceston in November 1979.


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