Dorothy Jelicich

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Dorothy Jelicich
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Hamilton West
In office
25 November 1972 – 30 October 1975
Preceded by Leslie Munro
Succeeded by Mike Minogue
Personal details
Born Dorothy Catherine MacDonald
(1928-01-19)19 January 1928
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died 10 April 2015(2015-04-10) (aged 87)
Otahuhu, New Zealand
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Paul Stephen Jelicich (m. 1949; d. 2014)

Dorothy Catherine Jelicich QSO (née MacDonald, 19 January 1928 – 10 April 2015) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party. She served one term in the House of Representatives representing the Hamilton West electorate, and was afterwards a city councillor in Hamilton and then Manukau.

Early life and family[edit]

Jelicich was born in Sydney on 19 January 1928.[1] Her father was a semi-skilled labourer.[2] She was educated at Epsom Girls' Grammar School and the Elam School of Fine Arts.[citation needed] In 1949 she married Paul Jelicich, a bricklayer,[1] and, with family support, she opened a restaurant in the Auckland suburb of Papatoetoe.[2] Purchasing a small dairy farm at Bombay in 1964, the couple took up farming, but in 1970 she became a shoe store manager and then a trade union organiser.[2]

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1972–1975 37th Hamilton West Labour

She stood unsuccessfully for Hauraki in 1969. In 1972 she won the seat of Hamilton West for Labour by defeating the incumbent, Leslie Munro of the National Party.[3] She became the first woman in New Zealand parliamentary history to open the Address-in-Reply debate.[4] In 1975 she lost her seat to Mike Minogue.[3] She contested the Hamilton West electorate once more in the 1978 election.[5]

She briefly served on the Hamilton City Council after winning a by-election in 1979.[6] The following year she became a Manukau City Councillor, representing Mangere Ward until she retired in 1995.[7]


In the 1986 New Year Honours, Jelicich was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services.[8]


Her husband died in October 2014.[9] Dorothy Jelicich died on 10 April 2015 at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland at the age of 87. She was survived by their three children.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Jelicich, Dorothy". Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages. Thomson Gale. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Phillips, Jock (15 November 2012). "Understanding class: Dorothy Jelicich". Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840–1984 (4 ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. pp. 208, 220. OCLC 154283103. 
  4. ^ "Obituaries — Dorothy Catherine Jelicich QSO, Hon Ronald Leslie Bailey QSO". Hansard (debates). New Zealand Parliament. 28 April 2015. p. 1. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Norton, Clifford (1988). New Zealand Parliamentary Election Results 1946-1987: Occasional Publications No 1, Department of Political Science. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington. ISBN 0-475-11200-8. 
  6. ^ "Former Hamilton West MP dies". Waikato Times. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Dorothy Jelicich passes away". 10 April 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  8. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50362, 30 December 1985; retrieved 23 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Death Notice & Guest Book Preview for Paul Stephen Jelicich". The New Zealand Herald. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Dorothy Jelicich obituary". The New Zealand Herald. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 


External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Leslie Munro
Member of Parliament for Hamilton West
Succeeded by
Mike Minogue