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Irene Longman High Tea, 14 July 2009

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Irene Longman’s election to the Queensland Parliament, a special charity High Tea was held at Parliament House on 14 July 2009.

Irene Longman represented the electorate of Bulimba from 1929 to 1932 and was the first woman elected to the Queensland Parliament.

The Speaker of the Queensland Parliament, Hon. John Mickel MP, hosted the High Tea which was attended by Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AO, The Governor of Queensland, as well as current and former female Members of Parliament, descendants of Irene Longman and members of the public.

The High Tea raised funds and donated items for the Pyjama Foundation, a charity that supports community volunteers to read to children in foster care on a weekly basis.

The Pyjama Foundation program offers foster carers support and provides extra reading experiences for children in care to increase the number of books read to them.

While in Parliament, Mrs Longman championed the rights of children and woman and it is fitting that this High Tea supported the Pyjama Foundation.

Today there are 32 female Members of the Queensland Parliament and Queensland has the highest percentage of female members of any state Parliament in Australia.

Irene Longman’s election to the Queensland Parliament in 1929 was a representative milestone in Queensland history and the Parliament was very proud to mark the 80th anniversary of this occasion with this charity High Tea.

Descendants of Irene Longman, Queensland Parliament's first female Member of Parliament, Ms Kym Scanlan and Ms Shirley Slipper, stand with the Speaker of the Queensland Parliament, Hon. John Mickel MP, and the Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AO, alongside the portrait of Irene Longman at a charity High Tea in the Strangers' Dining Rooms.