• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE4477

Ibbott, Nellie Grace

(1889 – 1970)
  • Nationality Australian
  • Born 20 June, 1889, Leyton, Essex England
  • Died 25 June, 1970, Mornington Victoria Australia
  • Occupation Local government councillor, Mayor


Nellie Ibbott was the first woman to be elected to the Heidelberg Shire Council in 1928. Heidelberg became a city in 1934 and Ibbott served as mayor from 1943-44, becoming the first woman in Victoria to hold mayoral office. In 1950 she was defeated at the council elections after serving for 22 years. In addition to her council work, she was active in the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia. In 1949 she was nominated as a candidate for pre-selection for the Senate, but was unsuccessful. She became involved in charity work, establishing the Heidelberg Benevolent Society. She was appointed MBE in 1954.


  • 2001 - 2001

    Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

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  • National Library of Australia
    • [Biographical cuttings on Nellie Ibbott, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]

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