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Nellie E Robinson was the first women elected as a Mayor: Toowoomba 1967-81

Miss Robinson was elected as an Alderman to the Toowoomba Council in 1961 and was elected Queensland's first female mayor in 1967. In the 1972 Queensland state election she was a candidate for the National Party of Australia in the seat of Toowoomba North but was unsuccessful. In 1979, she was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire for "distinguished service to local government".

She was President of the committee which raised funds to build the Senior Citizens’ clubrooms in Victoria Street & was dedicated to the development of East Creek Park. A Park on the southern side of Toowoomba is named in her honour.

Miss Robinson had a particular interest in dramatic art and cultural activities and was a trustee of the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and was actively involved in the Toowoomba Repertory Company. Nell Robinson retired in 1981 because of ill-health.


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