Enid Muriel LYONS
Also known as: née Burnell
Died: 2/9/1981Special Achievements:
First woman to win a seat in Federal Parliament. In 1943 Enid was elected to the House of Representatives for the United Australia Party and became the first woman in Cabinet. She famously brought in welfare payments for mothers.
1980 - She was made a Dame of the Order of Australia, the second woman to receive this honour.
She was the first Australian woman to receive damehoods in different orders.
Author - including "So We Take Comfort," "The Old Haggis," "Among The Carrion Crows."
(2001, 20 January). Centenary of Federation. New Idea, 19.