Mary Patricia Anderson

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Mary Patricia Anderson (17 March 1887 – 1966) was one of the first two women appointed to the New Zealand Legislative Council (upper house).

Anderson was born in 1887.[1] She was from Greymouth.[2]

With Mary Dreaver she was appointed to the council on 31 January 1946 by the First Labour Government, after a law change in 1941 to make women eligible to serve on the council. They served to the end of 1950, when the Legislative Council was abolished by the First National Government.[2]


  1. ^ Atkinson, Neill. "Anderson, Mary Patricia - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Wilson, J.O. (1985) [1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Government Printer. p. 148.