The Hon. Diana Laidlaw was a Member of the South Australia Legislative Council for over 20 years. During that time she was Minister for Transport (1995-1997); Transport and Urban Planning (1997-2002); The Arts (1993-2002); the Status of Women (1993-2002). Prior to entering Parliament Laidlaw was an assistant to both a State Minister and Federal Parliamentarians.
Position with Potters Partners
1975 - 1979
Assistant to Federal Parliamentarians
1979 - 1982
Assistant to State Minister
1982 - 1986
South Australian representative to the Australia Fund
1982 - 6 June 2003
Liberal Member of the South Australian Legislative Council
Member of the South Australian Board for the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust for Young Australians
Vice-president of Sturt Football Club
Participant at His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburgh Sixth Commonwealth Study Conference
1986 - 1990
Senior Vice-President of the Commonwealth Club (Adelaide)
1986 - 1991
National Director of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust for Young Australians
1986 - 1993
South Australian Shadow Minister for Tourism
Delegation Leader of the Australian Political Exchange Programme to China
Patron of the Handknitters Guild of South Australia
1992 - 1993
South Australian Shadow Minister for Transport, Marine, Arts and Cultural Heritage, Status of Women and Local Government
1993 - 1997
South Australian Minister for Transport
1993 - 2002
South Australian Minister for the Status of Women
1993 - 2002
South Australian Minister for The Arts
Patron of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management
Patron of the Surf Life Saving Club of South Australia
Patron of the South Australian Society of Model and Experimental Engineers
Patron of the Victor Harbor Horse and Tram Society
Patron of the Independent Theatre Inc.
Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport Australia Inc.
Patron of the Food and Wine Writers Festival
1997 - 2002
South Australian Minister for Transport and Urban Planning
A recording of the function in the West Wing of the Art Gallery of South Australia on 29 July 1997 to farewell Fran Awcock, the Director of the State Library of South Australia, 1991-1997. Peter Wylie, Chairman of the Libraries Board of South Australia speaks on behalf of the Board; Elizabeth Ho, Associate Director, on behalf of staff; Alan Brissenden, President of the Friends of the State Library, on behalf of the Friends; and Rosemary Craddock, Mayor of Walkerville, on behalf of the Local Government Association. After Fran Awcock's response, the Minister for the Arts, Diana Laidlaw, proposes a toast.
A recording of the proceedings of the party held to commemorate the beginning of the redevelopment of the State Library of South Australia, held in the newly emptied chamber of the Mortlock Library (Jervois Building). The event commences with music from the Four Seasons String Quartet. Bronwyn Halliday, Director of the State Library, welcomes guests, talks about the vision for the new State Library and introduces the speakers: Geoffrey Coles, Deputy Chair of the Libraries Board; The Hon. Diana Laidlaw MLC, Minister for the Arts, who talks about the commitment of the Government to the new Library and the future of the Mortlock Chamber; Valmai Hankel, Senior Rare Books Librarian, who shares memories and anecdotes from staff and introduces the choir, Flight of Ideas. Bronwyn Halliday closes the formal proceedings.
A recording of the launch of the second stage of the State Library of South Australia's Honoured Women Oral History Project in the Lecture Theatre of the Institute Building. Bronwyn Halliday, Director of the State Library, chairs the launch and introduces the Hon. Diana Laidlaw MLC, Minister for the Status
of Women, and Beth Robertson, Manager, Audio-Visual Project Team, State Library. The Minister reflects on the project's instigation and in particular her annual luncheon for new women recipients of Australia Day and Queen's Birthday honours. Ms Robertson explains the focus of the project and promotes the Library's J D Somerville Oral History Collection that now contains a substantial archive about women's community service. She plays excerpts from Honoured Women interviews. Speeches and an interview excerpt include references to recently deceased Dame Roma Mitchell. Pianist Stella Panozzo plays before and after the speeches.
Speech notes for Bronwyn Halliday and Beth Robertson with interview excerpt transcripts available (7 pages.)
The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954)Saturday 14 October 1939 p 13 Article Illustrated
... £LFWYN Laidlaw, charming visitor from Victoria, who is staying in Adelaide with Betty Bagot, was ... bow of pale blue taffeta adorning one shoulder was chosen by Mrs. Simpson, while Diana Mayo donned an ...
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The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954)Saturday 16 October 1937 p 13 Article Illustrated
... of the valley. Mrs. A. E. Laidlaw, of North Adelaide, sailed in the same ship. She is bound for ... travelling with Mrs. Laidlaw. Misses Betty Despard and Yvette Wilson, who will disembark at Colombo, held ...