Ann Symonds AM – 1939 – 2018
Ann Symonds joined the Australian Labor Party in 1967. In 1974 Ann was elected to Waverley Municipal Council, becoming the municipality’s first female Deputy Mayor in 1977.
In 1982, Ann was appointed to the New South Wales Legislative Council as a Labor member following the resignation of Peter Baldwin. Ann held her seat until 1998, when she resigned.
1939 – Born Murwillumbah NSW
1958-1967 – Primary School teacher
1967 – Joined ALP – member of the Labor Women’s Committee til 1986
1973-1975 Councillor, Waverley Municipal Council
1982-1998 Member, NSW Legislative Council
1990-1995 Deputy Chair, Standing Committee on Social Issues
1995-1998 Chair, Standing Committee on Social Issues 1999-2013 Patron, SHINE for Kids
2008-2013 Chair, Women’s Advisory Council of the NSW Department of Corrective Services
1994-1998 Co-convener of the Parliamentary Group for Drug Law Reform
1998-2018 Vice President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation
General Interests: Children and their families; Women’s rights; Peace and Disarmament; the Arts
Legislative Council Oral History project
Lis was also interviewed as part of the Oral History project.