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Tangney, Dame Dorothy Margaret (1907–1985)

Dorothy Tangney, Australian News and Information Bureau, 1950s

Dorothy Tangney, Australian News and Information Bureau, 1950s

National Library of Australia, 23371990

Dame Dorothy Margaret Tangney, Australia's first woman Senator, died in Perth on Sunday night, aged 78.

Dame Dorothy represented Western Australia in the Senate between 1943 and 1968.

She built up a reputation as a staunch supporter of the underdog and a champion of women's rights.

She joined the Australian Labor Party during the Great Depression and became a national identity during her years in the Senate.

The Premier of Western Australia, Mr Burke, paid tribute to Dame Dorothy as an outstanding woman who had contributed greatly to her country.

"Dame Dorothy set a parliamentary example which was followed by many other women and she was a very significant figure in the Labor movement," he said.

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'Tangney, Dame Dorothy Margaret (1907–1985)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/tangney-dame-dorothy-margaret-14913/text35194, accessed 29 September 2020.

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