VIRGINIA Chadwick, a former Liberal Party minister and the first female president of the NSW Legislative Council, has died aged 64.More here.
Mrs Chadwick died in Lake Macquarie Private Hospital at Toronto, south of Newcastle, after battling cancer, The Newcastle Herald says on its website.
Mrs Chadwick was a teacher before being elected to the NSW Legislative Council in 1978 at the age of 33. She retired from politics in 1999. In this time she was not only the first female president of the Legislative Council but the first female Opposition whip, first female Liberal minister and the first female education minister.
Wiki has some info on Ms Chadwick's career, however, there's a cocke up of an important date there so I won't link to it.