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Selina Sarah (Senie) Anderson (1878–1964)

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Selina Sarah Anderson née Charters (1878-1964) Parliamentary candidate, trade unionist and photographic retoucher

Born: 12 May 1878, Hill End, New South Wales. Daughter of James Charters, carpenter. Married: Christopher Hewitt Siggens, publican, 1908, Wellington, New South Wales. Died: 30 November 1964 at Ashbury, Sydney, New South Wales.

  • 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.
  • 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.

H. J. Gibbney and Ann G. Smith (compilers and eds), A Biographical Register 1788-1939: notes from the name index of the Australian Dictionary of Biography (Canberra, 1987); information from Edna Ryan, 1991; R. Cooper thesis 1994, p. 64.

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Alternative Names
  • Siggins, Selina Sarah
  • Charters, Selina Sarah

12 May, 1878
Hill End, New South Wales, Australia


30 November, 1964 (aged 86)
Ashbury, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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