Tangney, Dorothy Margaret, (Dame) (1911-1985, 1907-1985, )

Tangney, Dorothy Margaret, (Dame) (1911-1985, 1907-1985, )
Also known as
Tangney, Dame Dorothy Margaret
Tangney, Dame Dorothy Margaret (1911-1985, 1907-1985, )
Tangney, Dorothy Margaret, (Dame, DBE, BA, DipEd.) (1911-1985)
Tangney, Dorothy Margaret, (Dame) (1907-1985)
Tangney, Dorothy Margaret (1911-1985, 1907-1985, )
Field of activity
Parliamentarian; Politician; Past Member of the Australian Federal Parliament; Senator; Senator for Western Australia
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-728052

Biographies

Dame Dorothy Margaret Tangney (1907-1985), politician, was born on 13 March 1907 at North Perth, third of nine children of Irish-born Eugene Tangney, engine driver, and his wife Ellen, née Shanahan,...

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In the Queen's Birthday list (8 June 1968) Dorothy Tangney became the first Western Australian born woman to be appointed Dames Commander of the British Empire for services to the Western Australia Parliament. She was a senator for Western Australia in the Senate of the Australian Parliament from 1943 until she retired in 1968.

A former schoolteacher Dorothy Tangney became the first woman member of the Australian Senate. An advocate for health and welfare, she served on the Joint Committee on Social Security 1943-1946 and served as a senator from 1943 until she retired in 1968. Dorothy Tangney featured on the 45c stamp (1973) and the electoral division of Tangney in Western Australia is named after her. Also in 1999 the street, formerly known as Administration Place (Canberra), was changed to Dorothy Tangney Place. In the Queen's Birthday list (8 June 1968) Dorothy Tangney became the first Western Australian born woman to be appointed Dames Commander of the British Empire for services to the Western Australian Parliament.

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Senator for Western Australia, 1943–68 (Australian Labor Party)

In 1943 Dorothy Margaret Tangney became the first woman senator and the first Labor woman in either house of the federal Parliament. Tangney was born in North Perth, Western Australia, on 13 March 1907, though either through misinformation or artifice she provided 1911 as the year of her birth. She was the third of seven surviving children of Irish-born Eugene Tangney, timber mill worker and engine driver, and his wife Ellen, née Shanahan. The Shanahans were an Irish family who had established themselves in Bunbury. Ellen’s father, Owen, had assisted in the escape of the Fenian convict John Boyle O’Reilly from a road gang near the town.

Dorothy, or Dot, as she was often called, spent her early childhood years with her family in the Murchison district in the lower north-west of the state, and in the timber mill settlements of Holyoake and Marrinup in the south-west. After her father obtained employment as an engine driver at the State Implement and Engineering Works at Fremantle, Dorothy attended St Joseph’s Convent School, Fremantle, where she won a state secondary scholarship that allowed her to attend St Joseph’s College, both schools run by the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition. She passed the leaving certificate at fifteen. The following year she worked as a trainee schoolteacher, combining this with part-time university study, and observing at first hand the effect of malnutrition on the health of the students at Plympton State School in Fremantle. In 1927 she was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts by the University of Western Australia, and in 1932 a Diploma of Education. She taught at Claremont Central School, and organised hiking or sight-seeing tours for girls from private and public schools. She also organised children’s holiday and health camps. A member of the Teachers’ Union, she was also vice-president of the state Parents’ and Citizens’ Association. In 1933 she was president of the association’s federal conference in Sydney, and in 1939 Australian delegate to the Pan-Pacific Conference in Wellington, New Zealand. She was a founding member of the Newman Society at UWA in 1924 and its president in 1940. Tangney gave instruction to Catholic children at state schools, and made first communion dresses for girls whose parents could not afford the fabric.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Tangney, Dorothy Margaret
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia
    Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds)
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  3. Australia's first woman senator: Dorothy Tangney B.A., Dip. Ed
    Wall, Judith
    [Perth]
    Published: Teacher's Higher Certificate Thesis
  4. Dorothy Tangney - biography and reproducation of key parliamentary speech
    Watson, Judyth [ed.]
    [Perth]
    Published: Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch)
    Series: IspartOf We Hold Up Half the Sky: The Voices of Western Australian ALP Women in Parliament
  5. Commemoration biography of Dorothy Tangney
    Lawrence, Carmen
    [1991]
    Series: IspartOf Papers in Labour History
  6. So Many Firsts: Liberal Women from Enid Lyons to the Turnbull Era
    Fitzherbert, Margaret
    [Leichhardt, NSW]
    Published: The Federation Press
  7. No ordinary lives: pioneering women in Australian politics
    Jenkins, Cathy
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Australian Scholarly Publishing
  8. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  9. Reflections : profiles of 150 women who helped make Western Australia's history; Project of the Womens Committee for the 150th Anniversary Celebrations of Western Australia
    Popham, Daphne; Stokes, K.A.; Lewis, Julie
    [Perth, Melbourne [etc.]:]
    Published: Carrolls
  10. List of Electoral Divisions Named After Women
    Australian Electoral Commission
  11. Who's Who in Australia 1983
    Draper, W J
    [Melbourne]
    Published: The Herald and Weekly Times
  12. Monash Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Australia
    Arnold, John and Morris, Deirdre
    [Port Melbourne (Vic.)]
    Published: Reed Reference Publishing
  13. Papers of Dorothy Margaret Tangney, 1938-1986
    [4.9 m, 39 boxes : 1938 - 1986]
    Series: National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
    The papers deal inter alia with the Australian Labor Party, the development of Canberra, bank nationalisation, social services, development projects in Western Australia, immigration and international affairs.
    MS 7564
  14. Parliamentarians' questionnaires
    [0.05 m, 5 folders : 1982 - 1983]
    Series: National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
    In 1982, biographical information was sought from all Members and Senators of the Parliament of Australia. Responses were received from 154 parliamentarians. The questions cover basic biographical data, and also seek information on political influences, aims and achievements, perceived improvements to the political process, the Parliamentary committee system and career since politics.
    MS 8806

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