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Anderson, Selina Sarah (Senie) (1878–1964)

Selina Sarah Anderson née Charters: Born 12 May 1878, Hill End, NSW. Daughter of James Charters, carpenter. Married Christopher Hewitt Siggens, publican, 1908, Wellington, NSW. Died 1964.

Parliamentary candidate, trade unionist and photographic retoucher. Raised by Anderson family, Hill End, after mother's marriage to Jerome Anderson in 1880. Member, ALP and first woman to contest House of Representatives seat, Dalley, 1903. Vice-President, Shop Assistants' Union NSW. Re-organised Card Board Factory Employees' Union; Secretary, Box Makers Union, 1905; active in Laundry Employees' Union, Sydney organiser, 1906-07 1900. First female member of  Organising Committee, Labor Council of NSW. President, Pyrmont Labor League; member, Women's Labor League. Active in Anti-Chinese League; campaigned for Labor candidate in State electorate of Robertson, 1908.

Gibbney & Smith; information from Edna Ryan, 1991; R. Cooper thesis 1994, p. 64.

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  • Biographical Register of the Australian Labour Movement 1788-1975, 2012

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'Anderson, Selina Sarah (Senie) (1878–1964)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/anderson-selina-sarah-senie-12773/text33851, accessed 15 December 2019.

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