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Susan Grace Benny

Susan Grace Benny

Susan Grace Benny

Brighton Library - City of Holdfast Bay, Jetty Road, Brighton SA, Australia
Meliesa Judge, Liquid Metal Studios
Date Completed:
31 August 2017

This bronze head and shoulder bust on a sandstone plinth is a fitting tribute to the first women elected to local government in Australia. Susan Grace Benny (1872 – 1944) became Australia’s first female politician when she was appointed to represent the newly created South Ward of Brighton in 1919. A courageous and energetic woman, she served two terms and was the President of the Women’s Branch of the Southern Liberal Union in 1918.

Bronze head and shoulder bust of Susan Grace Benny


Susan Grace Benny also played a key role in the passage of legislation securing equality of divorce for women.

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