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Anderson, Kathleen Harris (1921–1996)

This entry is from People Australia

Kathleen Harris Anderson nee Hough: Born 1 November 1921, Canowindra, NSW. Daughter of Tom Hough, carpenter and unionist. Married Keith William Anderson, 1946. 1 son. Died 19 September 1996, Penrith, NSW.

Educated at Canowindra Central School and Sydney Girls High School. 1953, joined ALP having previously been member of ALP Younger Set. Active in ALP, Waverley, Paddington, Bondi at branch, SEC and FEC level. Federal President, Labor Women, 1965-67. NSW MLC, 1973-1981; Government Whip, 1976-1981. Prominent in local government; 1963, elected to Sydney County Council; Chair, 1966-68 and 1981. Chair, New South Wales Local Government Boundaries Commission. Retired to Penrith district where prominent in local cultural activities – Q Theatre, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, and Lewers Bequest Art Gallery. Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, 1982. Matriarch of New South Wales ALP right. 'An old fashioned country girl devoted to her family, the church and the South Sydney Rugby League Football Club'.

(Peter, ALP MP).

LYB, 1973; Who's Who, 1992, p.115; ALP Women's Magazine, Special Diamond Jubilee issue, Feb. 1964; SMH, 23 September 1996

Original Publication

  • Biographical Register of the Australian Labour Movement 1788-1975, 2012

Citation details

'Anderson, Kathleen Harris (1921–1996)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 April 2019.

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