Margaret Guilfoyle

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Dame Margaret Georgina Constance Guilfoyle AC DBE (née McCartney; 15 May 1926 – 11 November 2020) was an Australian politician. She is a member of the Liberal Party. She served as a Senator for Victoria from 1971 to 1987. She was the first woman minister to administer a government department. She served as a minister for in the Fraser Government as Minister for Education (1975), Minister for Social Security (1975–1980) and Minister for Finance (1980–1983).

Guilfoyle was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her family moved to Australia in 1928, settling in Melbourne, Victoria. In 1952, she married Stanley Guilfoyle. The couple had three children.[1]

Guilfoyle died on 11 November 2020, aged 94.[2]

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  1. "Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Georgina Constance (1926–)". The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  2. Obituary in The Age (Melbourne), 19 November 2020.