Florence Bjelke-Petersen

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Florence Bjelke-Petersen
Florence Bjelke-Petersen, 1952.jpg
On her wedding day, 31 May 1952
Senator from Queensland
In office
12 March 1981 – 30 June 1993
Preceded byGlen Sheil
Succeeded byJohn Woodley
Personal details
Florence Isabel Gilmour

(1920-08-11)11 August 1920
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died20 December 2017(2017-12-20) (aged 97)
Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia
Political partyNational
Joh Bjelke-Petersen (m. 1952–2005)

Florence Isabel Bjelke-Petersen (née Gilmour; 11 August 1920 – 20 December 2017) was an Australian politician and writer. She was a member of the Australian Senate from 1981 to 1993. She was re-elected at the 1983 and 1987 elections (both double dissolutions), and her term expired on 30 June 1993.[1]

Bjelke-Petersen was the wife of the longest-serving Premier of Queensland, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. She was styled as Lady Bjelke-Petersen upon her husband's knighthood, and was also known informally as Lady Flo.[2]

Lady Bjelke-Petersen died in Kingaroy, Queensland on 20 December 2017 of cardiopulmonary arrest at the age of 97, after suffering a short illness.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen's biodata". Archived from the original on 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  2. "ABC Radio interview transcript".
  3. "Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen, former senator and Queensland first lady, dies at 97". ABC News. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  4. "Lady Flo a 'strong force, never to be forgotten'". PerthNow. 20 December 2017.

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