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Picture relating to Queensland - titled 'Portrait of Irene Longman (1877-1964) : [suffragette movement in Queensland]'
Picture relating to Queensland - titled 'Portrait of John Douglas, 1877'

Portrait of Irene Longman (1877-1964) : [suffragette movement in Queensland]

contributed by QldPics, taken in 1877
(contact QldPics about this picture)

Irene Maud Longman was the first woman both to stand for and be elected to the Queensland Parliament. She was a member of the Country and Progressive National Party and served the Electorate of Bulimba for the period 11 May 1929 to 11 June 1932.

Irene was born at Franklin, Tasmania in 1877 and educated at Sydney Girls' High School and Redlands (SCEGS) North Sydney. She taught at Normanhurst in Sydney and at Rockhampton Girls' Grammar School. She gained a kindergarten diploma. In 1904 Irene married Hebert Albert Longman, director of the Queensland Museum (1917-45), in Toowoomba.

Irene Longman was closely involved in many women's organisations. She was president of the Queensland National Council of Women (1921-25). She was also honorary president of the Queensland Association for the Welfare of the Mentally Deficient, Vice President of the Lyceum Club and a longtime member of the Queensland Women's Electoral League (QWEL). She died in Brisbane on 29 July 1964. (Information taken from: Irene Maud Longman, retrieved 30 October 2003, from <>)

January 2005 marks the centenary of women's suffrage in Queensland.

This picture is also part of the Bonzle Clubs (open in new window) photo collection.