Irene Longman

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Irene Longman
Irene Longman.jpg
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Bulimba
In office
11 May 1929 – 11 June 1932
Preceded by Albert Wright
Succeeded by William Copley
Personal details
Born Irene Maud Bayley
(1877-04-24)24 April 1877
Franklin, Tasmania, Australia
Died 29 July 1964(1964-07-29) (aged 87)
Brisbane, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Country and Progressive National Party
Spouse(s) Albert Heber Longman (m.1904 d.1954)
Relations Percy Bayley (brother),
James Bayley (brother)
Occupation Newspaper proprietor

Irene Maud Longman (née Bayley) (24 April 1877 – 29 July 1964) was a politician in Queensland, Australia . She was the first woman to stand and be elected as a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

Early life[edit]

Irene Bailey was born in Franklin, Tasmania, and educated in Sydney. She trained as a kindergarten teacher and taught at Sydney Girls' Grammar School and Rockhampton Girls' Grammar School. In 1904, she married Heber Longman and the couple chose to live in Queensland. She served as president of the National Council of Women of Queensland from 1920 to 1924.


Irene Longman's parliamentary career began in the 1929 election when representing the Country and Progressive National Party. She was elected in the seat of Bulimba to the Queensland Legislative Assembly, a safe ALP seat, which she held for one term. While in Parliament, she was responsible for the first appointment of a Queensland woman police officer and spoke about the welfare of children. As a woman, she was never allowed to use the parliamentary dining room and had to eat her meals on the verandah. During her time in Parliament there were no female toilets in the building. Longman lost her seat in the 1932 election and she did not recontest her seat.

Longman had two brothers who were also members of the Queensland Parliament. Percy Bayley represented Pittsworth 1915–1920 and James Bayley represented Wynnum 1933-1935.[1]

The federal electoral Division of Longman, created in 1996, is named after Irene.[2]

Later life[edit]

Irene Longman died on 29 July 1964 in St. Andrew's Hospital in Brisbane and was privately cremated.[3]



  1. ^ Longman, Irene Maud (1877–1964)Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Longman (Qld". Australian Electoral Commission. Australian Government. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "First Woman Elected to the Queensland Parliament" (PDF). Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 

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External links[edit]

Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Albert Wright
Member for Bulimba
Succeeded by
William Copley