Elaine Darling

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Elaine Darling
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Lilley
In office
18 October 1980 – 8 February 1993
Preceded by Kevin Cairns
Succeeded by Wayne Swan
Personal details
Born Elaine Elizabeth Melloy
(1936-06-06) 6 June 1936 (age 81)
Brisbane, Queensland
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Robert Darling
Children Vicky Darling
Occupation Teacher

Elaine Elizabeth Darling (née Melloy; born 6 June 1936) is an Australian retired politician.

Early life[edit]

Born in Brisbane, she attended the University of Queensland before becoming a teacher, eventually rising to an assistant to the Director of the Brisbane Kindergarten Training College.


In 1980, she was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Labor member for Lilley, defeating the sitting Liberal MP Kevin Cairns. She was the fifth woman elected to the House of Representatives, and the second female Labor member of that House (the first was Joan Child). She held Lilley until her retirement in 1993.[1]

From 2000 to 2004, she was a council member of the City of Caloundra.[2]

Family political connections[edit]

Her father Jack Melloy was a long serving member of the Australian Labor Party and member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland. Her daughter, Vicky Darling, was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 2006 to 2012.


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  2. ^ "The Melloy Family: a Labor Dynasty" (PDF). Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Kevin Cairns
Member for Lilley
Succeeded by
Wayne Swan