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Elisabeth Kirkby

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Elisabeth Wilma Kirkby OAM (born 26 January 1921) is a British-born Australian actress, politician, broadcaster, writer and farmer. She is a member of the Australian Democrats. She served in the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1981 to 1998.[1] She was also a councillor for Temora, New South Wales, from 1999 to 2004. She played Lucy Sutcliffe in the soap opera Number 96.

Kirkby was born in Bolton, Lancashire. She served in the British Army during the Second World War. After the war, she worked as a radio broadcaster in Malaya for 15 years. She moved to Sydney in 1965.

In 2014, aged 93, Kirkby became Australia's oldest university graduate. She earnt a PhD at the University of Sydney.[2] She turned 100 in 2021.


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  1. "The Hon. Elisabeth Kirkby, OAM (1921 – )". Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  2. "From Number 96 to Australia's oldest PhD at 93". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2022.