First female Parliamentary Candidates

1903 Vida Goldstein. National Library of Australia.

Vida Goldstein (Victoria)(pictured), and Nellie Martel and Mary Ann Moore Bentley (New South Wales), stood for election to the Senate, and Selina Anderson stood for the seat of Dalley (New South Wales) in the House of Representatives. They were the first women nominated for any national Parliament within what was then the British Empire; none of the women were elected. (Source: Australian Parliamentary Library).

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