Joyce Anne CUMMINGS
Also known as: née Plumbe, Joy
Born: 23 December 1923
Died: 1 July 2003Special Achievements:
Australia's first female Lord Mayor, Alderman Cummings headed New South Wales' Newcastle City Council from 1974-1976 and then again from 1978-1983.
1975 - Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (OAM).
2001 - Awarded the Centenary Medal.
2019 – “A bronze bust of Cummings was unveiled outside of Civic Station in the Newcastle CBD”. … According to the City of Newcastle, Cummings was the first person in Newcastle to have received a bronze bust in their honour at the time.”
“Two significant social reforms was the use by her of Advance Australia Fair during Citizenship Ceremonies in 1977 and the flying of the Aboriginal flag over the town hall, both of which were Australian firsts.”Additional Information:
1968 - Entered local politics.
2012 – “The Joy Cummings Promenade on Newcastle's harbour foreshore was dedicated in her honour”.
Norris, Megan. (date unknown). Aussie Star’s murder. Woman’s Day, 12-13.
Hunter Living Histories, University of Newcastle. uoncc. "Joy Cummings – “Words were not important – love has its own language” – A tribute to Australia’s first female Lord Mayor". accessed 14 December 2020.
Document - Highlights & Activities of Joy Cummings as Lord Mayor of Newcastle
Phyllis Southall. Australian History Class. Wednesday Evening. Summary Paper.
Southall, Phyllis. University of New Castle, Cultural Collections, UON Library