Bjelke-Petersen, Flo, (Lady) (1920-)

Also known as
BJELKE-PETERSEN, (Lady) (1920-)
Bjelke-Petersen, Florence, (Lady) (1920-)
Bjelke-Petersen, Florence Isabel (1920-)
Petersen, Flo Bjelke-, (Lady) (1920-)
Petersen, Florence Bjelke-, (Lady) (1920-)
Field of activity
Parliamentarian and Secretary; Senator for Queensland 1981-93
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Biographies

Born 11.8.20 at Brisbane, Qld.

Parliamentary Service

  • Chosen by the Parliament of Queensland on 12.3.81 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice G. Sheil (resigned) (term expired 30.6.81).
  • Elected 1980 (term began 1.7.81), 1983 and 1987 (term expired 30.6.93).

Committee Service

  • Senate Standing: House from 26.2.85 to 30.6.93; Selection of Bills from 12.5.93 to 30.6.93.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: National Resources from 1.7.81 to 4.2.83; Social Welfare from 21.4.83 to 5.6.87.
  • Senate Select: Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes from 25.11.81 to 22.4.85.
  • Senate Estimates: C from 2.4.81 to 23.9.82; B from 4.5.83 to 21.2.85; D from 24.3.88 to 17.5.88.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs and Defence from 23.9.81 to 4.2.83.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg and Berlin, September-October 1985.
  • Member, Fact Finding Visit to Canada, November 1989.
  • Member, 36th CPA Conference, Harare, Zimbabwe, September 1990.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada and USA, May-June 1992.

Parliamentary Party Positions

  • Deputy Leader, National Party of Australia in the Senate from 20.8.85 to 10.4.90.
  • National Party Whip in the Senate from 23.3.93 to 30.6.93.

Party Positions

  • Life Member of the National Party of Australia (Qld).
  • Public Relations Officer, Barambah Electorate Council 1971-81.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • Home and secretarial duties.
  • Private Secretary to the Queensland Commissioner for Main Roads.

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A member of the National Party, Flo Bjelke-Petersen was elected Senator for Queensland in the Senate of the Australian Parliament in 1980. She held the position of Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 1985 until 1990 and retired from parliament in 1993. She was married to Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who served as Premier of Queensland from 1968-87.

Flo Bjelke-Petersen was educated at Brisbane Girls Grammar School and on leaving school worked in the Queensland Main Roads Department, and eventually became secretary to the Commissioner. She held that position from 1949-52. She married Joh Bjelke-Petersen in 1957. He received a knighthood in 1984, which meant a change of title for Flo. Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen died in 2005. As wife of the Premier of Queensland and later as a Senator, Flo Bjelke-Petersen became famous for her pumpkin scones.

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  1. Lady Flo : politics and pumpkin scones / compiled by Helen Cameron
    Bjelke-Petersen, Flo Lady, 1920-
    [ Book : 1998 ]
    At 5 libraries
    Lady Flo : politics and pumpkin scones / compiled by Helen Cameron
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  2. Flo Bjelke-Petersen : born 1920 : National Party Senator, 1981-1993 / interviewer Robin Hughes ; producer, director, writer, editor, Frank Heimans
    Bjelke-Petersen, Flo Lady, 1920-
    [ Video : 1994 ]
    At 6 libraries
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 28.141)

  3. This is Flo Bjelke-Petersen / interviewed by John Harper-Nelson
    Christensen Fund
    [ Video : 1984 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
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  4. Classic country collection / Lady Flo Bjelke Petersen
    Bjelke-Petersen, Flo Lady, 1920-
    [ Book : 1995-2007 ]
    At 30 libraries
    Classic country collection / Lady Flo Bjelke Petersen
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  5. Flo Bjelke-Petersen : born 1920 : National Party Senator, 1981-93 / producer, director, writer, editor, Frank Heimans
    Film Australia
    [ Video : 1994 ]
    At WA State Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.763)

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  6. Flo Bjelke Peterson : born 1920 : National Party Senator, 1981-1993 / interviewer Robin Hughes ; producer, director, writer, editor, Frank Heimans
    Bjelke-Petersen, Flo Lady, 1920-
    [ Video : 1996 ]
    At SCU - Lismore
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.63)

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  7. Classic country wisdom / Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen
    Bjelke-Petersen, Flo Lady, 1920-
    [ Book, Audio book : 1994-2014 ]
    At 25 libraries
    Classic country wisdom / Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen
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  8. Classic country cooking / Lady Flo Bjelke Petersen
    Bjelke-Petersen, Flo Lady, 1920-
    [ Book : 1992-2000 ]
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    Classic country cooking / Lady Flo Bjelke Petersen
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  9. Classic country baking / Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen
    Bjelke-Petersen, Flo Lady, 1920-
    [ Book : 1993-2000 ]
    At 17 libraries
    Classic country baking / Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen
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  10. Australian Biography. former Senator
    Film Australia
    [ Video : 1993 ]
    At Nat Portrait Gall
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  1. Lady Flo : politics and pumpkin scones / compiled by Helen Cameron
    Bjelke-Petersen, Flo Lady, 1920-
    [ Book : 1998 ]
    At 5 libraries
    Lady Flo : politics and pumpkin scones / compiled by Helen Cameron
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  2. Flo Bjelke-Petersen : born 1920 : National Party Senator, 1981-1993 / interviewer Robin Hughes ; producer, director, writer, editor, Frank Heimans
    Bjelke-Petersen, Flo Lady, 1920-
    [ Video : 1994 ]
    At 6 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 28.714)

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  3. [Biographical cuttings on Florence Bjelke-Petersen, wife of Sir Joh, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.789)

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  4. Flo goes to Canberra : the intimate diary of a Kingaroy housewife / Alan Moir & Mac Vines
    Moir, Alan (Alan Charles), 1945-
    [ Book : 1981 ]
    At 16 libraries
    Flo goes to Canberra : the intimate diary of a Kingaroy housewife / Alan Moir & Mac Vines
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  5. This is Flo Bjelke-Petersen / interviewed by John Harper-Nelson
    Christensen Fund
    [ Video : 1984 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.944)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.944)

  6. Flo Bjelke-Petersen : born 1920 : National Party Senator, 1981-93 / producer, director, writer, editor, Frank Heimans
    Film Australia
    [ Video : 1994 ]
    At WA State Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.054)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.054)

  7. Flo Bjelke Peterson : born 1920 : National Party Senator, 1981-1993 / interviewer Robin Hughes ; producer, director, writer, editor, Frank Heimans
    Bjelke-Petersen, Flo Lady, 1920-
    [ Video : 1996 ]
    At SCU - Lismore
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.921)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.921)

  8. Bjelke-Petersen, Florence : a bibliography / compiled by the State Library of New South Wales Research Service
    State Library of New South Wales. Research Service
    [ Book : 1983 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.594)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.594)

  9. Portrait of Florence, Lady Bjelke-Petersen taken at the Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 2-13, 1998 / Loui Seselja
    Seselja, Loui, 1948-
    [ Photograph : 1998 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Portrait of Florence, Lady Bjelke-Petersen taken at the Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 2-13, 1998 / Loui Seselja
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.796)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.796)

  10. [Florence Bjelke-Petersen in the Senate] Pryor
    Pryor, Geoff, 1944-
    [ Art work : 1981 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    [Florence Bjelke-Petersen in the Senate] Pryor
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.673)

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  1. Queensland's fallen hero lands in the dock; Sir Johannes Bjelke -Petersen.(Overseas news)
    Sunday Times (London, England)
    [ Article : 1991 ]
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  2. Lady Flo improving after infection scare.(Local)
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    [ Article : 2003 ]
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  3. Fall puts Lady Flo in hospital.(Local)
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  4. Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen dies at 94
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  1. Flo Bjelke-Petersen : former Senator
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  2. Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen turns 93
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  1. FLO BJELKE-PETERSEN My Week
    The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) Wednesday 22 April 1981 p 45 Article Illustrated
    ... FLO BJELKE-PETERSEN Senator FLO BJELKE-PETERSEN, the wife of the Queensland Premier, talks about ... hostesses in Australia, Lady Ramsay and other pleasant company. Thursday night was an important oe casion ... 1065 words
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  2. Flo to retire
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