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Florence Cardell-Oliver
Florence Cardell-Oliver
Courtesy of The West Australian

In 1934 Florence Cardell-Oliver polled 18,000 votes and almost won the Federal seat of Fremantle.  She was more successful in 1936, winning the State seat of Subiaco, which she was to hold for 20 years.

Florence Cardell-Oliver was a tireless worker for the needy and was especially concerned about the health of children from low income families.  She declared she would `take the bull by the horns and get free milk for the children'.  Her efforts created the school milk scheme, which ensured that generations of children received a daily quota of free milk.

By the time Florence Cardell-Oliver entered Parliament, May Holman had become the first woman in the British Empire to hold a seat for ten years.  She remained an active Member of Parliament until her accidental death in 1939.

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