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Jordan, Ellen Violet, AM (Vi)

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Birth Date: 29 June 1913 (Ipswich, Queensland, Australia)

Death Date: 7 May 1982 (Ipswich, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: James Berties Perrett and Ann Jane Jordan (nee Brown)

Family: David Jordan on 14 June 1932, 1 son, 1 daughter

Education: Brassall State School; Ipswich Girls Grammar School; Diploma of Education

Religion: Church of England


Schoolteacher Delegate, Queensland Local Government Conference and Cities and Towns Conference

Party Positions:

  1. (ALP) Member, ALP, since 1946
  2. (ALP) Inaugural President, Women's Central Committee Queensland, 1956 - 1967
  3. (ALP) Delegate, Labor-in-Politics Convention, 1956
  4. (ALP) Secretary, Ipswich ALP Executive, 1958 - 1965
  5. (ALP) Inaugural President, Australian ALP Women's Executive, 1974 - 1976

Official Awards: Mrs Jordan was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia medal on 7 Jun 1976 for services to local government and the following year Queen's jubilee medal

Local Government Service: Alderman, Ipswich City Council, 1961 to 1967

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly ALP Ipswich West 28 May 1966 7 Dec 1974

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Member, Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms Committee 8 Aug 1972 7 Dec 1974
Member, Panel of Temporary Chairmen 3 Aug 1972 7 Dec 1974

Additional Information

Notes: Delegate, Queensland Local Government Conference and Cities and Towns; Mrs Jordan engaged in the struggle for the rights of the working class and for political, economic and social equality for women; President, Service Women's Hostel Ipswich, 1949 to 1954; Brassall Branch, Country Women's Association; Member, Ipswich Business and Professional Women's Club; Associate, London College of Music and the Trinity College of Music, London; Vice President, North Ipswich Bowls Club; Patron: Ipswich Vice Regal and Model Band; Ipswich Vigoro Association; Member, Council of Queensland Women

Publications: Our women legislators, where are they, in Richbieth, M, March of Australian women (1964)

Sources: Patricia Fallon, `Jordan, Ellen Violet (Vi) 1913-1982', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17 (Melbourne University Press), pp 596-597; Waterson, DB and John Arnold, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1930-1980, (Canberra: ANU Press, 1982); The Queensland Times, 'Labor loses a violet - Vi Jordan dies', 8 May 1982, p.2; Fallon, Patricia, Australian Dictionary of Biography, on line edition

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