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Members’ biographical register

Lyla Daphne Elliott

Date: 2 July 1934
Place: Geraldton, Western Australia
Albert James Elliott, fitter and turner, and Alvie Jean Fullwood
Marriage and Family
Married 22 May 1976, Caversham House, Caversham to Edwin John (Jack) White, son of Richard Edward and Meta Johanna Auguste Ruwoldt
No children
Date: 18 February 2017
Place: Hollywood Private Hospital, Western Australia
Cemetery: Memorialised at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park, WA
Cause of Death: Cancer
Not stated
State schools Reedy and Waroona Western Australia and St Joseph’s Convent, Waroona, to Junior Certificate
Edith Cowan University—Bachelor of Arts Honours (First Class) 2001
Employment History
Office worker Nestles, Waroona 1949–1952 and Broome Freezing Works, Perth April 1952–October 1952
Secretary Australian Labor Party State Executive 1952–1965 and 1967–1971
Secretary to
FE Chamberlain, Labor Party Secretary from 1956
Secretary Overseas Department British Labour Party 1966–1967
Secretarial work for Federal Executive and Federal Conferences Australian Labor Party 1959–1963
Member of Australian Labor Party since 1955 and State Executive for many years
Secretary Morley–Embleton branch early 1970s
Chair party health and social welfare committees
Member Perth Labor Women
Chairperson (first woman) Parliamentary Labor Party 1978–1986
Date Elected
22 May 1971
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Lyla Elliott
Year Retired/Resigned
North-East Metropolitan
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC North-East Metropolitan Province 22 May 1971–21 May 1986

  • Deputy Chairman of Committees (first woman) 1974–1977, 1983–1986
  • Deputy Labor Whip Legislative Council 1974–1976

  • Member Joint House Committee 1980–1983
  • Member Library Committee 1971–1980
  • Member Standing Orders Committee 1975–1977, 1983–1986
  • Member Select Committee inquiring into Sport and Recreation Activities in WA 21 September 1983–20 November 1984

Royal Commissions
  • Member Honorary Royal Commission inquiring into The Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Dependents 1972–1 May 1973

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
  • Represented WA branch Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at 2nd Australian Parliamentary seminar 1974
  • Commonwealth Parliamentary Association visit to Britain 1983

Historical Notes
  • Second woman (after Ruby Hutchison) elected to Legislative Council and fifth to either House of the Parliament of Western Australia
Member Miscellaneous Workers Union, Federated Clerks Union, Institute of Private Secretaries
Observer Socialist International Conference, Stockholm 1966
For five years member executive council Family Planning Association
Initiated Lockridge Community Health Centre, Lockridge Senior Citizens Steering Committee and Swan Community Youth Support Scheme, chairperson 1976–1983
Founding chairperson and life member ‘Lyla Elliott Family Day Care Scheme’
Chairperson Domestic Violence Task Force 1985
Chairman Home and Community Care Advisory Committee 1986–1988 and of Consultative Committee on Residential Child Care from 1986
Member WA Community and Family Committee
Member Nulsen Haven Board of Management 1986–1989
Chair TAFE Performance Appraisal Panel
Chair Department of Employment, Vocational Education and Training Promotion by Merit Board of Review
Member State Animal Welfare Advisory Committee
Member RSPCA Animal Ethics Committee
Member Midland Women’s Health Care Place Board of Management and life member
One time member Amnesty International, People for Nuclear Disarmament, Women’s Electoral Lobby, Royal (WA) Historical Society
Currently (2010) member Friends of the ABC (WA), Katherine Susannah Pritchard Foundation Inc, Mundaring Historical Society, Oral History Association of Western Australia, Australian Society for the Study of Labor History, Emily’s List and WA Voluntary Euthanasia Society
Patron Swan View and Districts Agriculture and Arts Society Inc
Member City of Bayswater Selection Panel, Morley Citizens’ Club Education Scholarships
  • Next of Kin a 20 year history of Hills Community Support Group
  • chapter in The Workshops: a History of the Midland Government Railways Workshops, published in 2006 and winner of Premier’s Book Award for history
Funeral was held at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park, Tuesday 28 February 2017, 10am
BA Honours (First Class) 2001
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume two 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2011, p. 81.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 13 July 2017.
Further Information
Chapter 9. Lyla Elliott Making a Difference.pdf