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Lady Esther Lipman Jacobs (1900–1991)

Lady Esther Lipman-Jacobs was elected to the Adelaide City Council in 1956, making her the first woman in the state to be elected to a local government body.

During World War II she served (in an honorary capacity) as full time secretary of the Fighting Forces Comforts fund and a member of the Auxiliary of Women Police.

Lady Esther founded the Local Government Women's Association and was also chairman of the Parks and Gardens Committee and represented the Adelaide Council on the Board of Governors of the Adelaide Festival of Arts from 1962 until 1972.

In 1977 she was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to community and local government.

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Alternative Names
  • Solomon, Esther Cook
  • Lipman, Esther Cook

6 April, 1900
Medindie, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


27 January, 1991 (aged 90)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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