Jennifer Cashmore

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Jennifer Cashmore
Adamson at a cabinet meeting in 1979
Member of the South Australian House of Assembly
for Coles
In office
17 September 1977 – 10 December 1993
Preceded byDes Corcoran
Succeeded byJoan Hall
Personal details
Born(1937-12-05)5 December 1937
Died10 June 2024(2024-06-10) (aged 86)
Political partyLiberal

Jennifer Lilian Cashmore AM (née Adamson, 5 December 1937 – 10 June 2024) was an Australian politician. She was a Liberal Party member of the South Australian House of Assembly between 1977 and 1993, representing the eastern suburbs seat of Coles (Morialta since 2002). Cashmore was the third woman to be elected to the House of Assembly.

Cashmore served as Minister for Health and Minister for Tourism during the 1979–1982 Tonkin government, the first woman member of Cabinet since Joyce Steele.[2] In 1992 she contested the leadership of her party against John Olsen and Dean Brown, the eventual winner.[3]

Once dubbed the 'green conscience' of the Liberal Party, Cashmore was the first member to raise questions about the financial viability of the State Bank before the 1989 election.[4]

Personal life


Cashmore was the mother of South Australian Governor Frances Adamson, Supreme Court of New South Wales judge Christine Adamson and Anglican chaplain Stuart Adamson.[1][5]

Cashmore was first married to Adelaide businessman Ian Adamson. The first part of her time in parliament was as Jennifer Adamson. She reverted to her maiden name Cashmore after that marriage ended in 1986. She married Stewart Cockburn in 1988.[6]

Cashmore died on 10 June 2024, at the age of 86.[7]

See also



  1. ^ a b "Swearing in ceremony of the Honourable Christine Adamson SC" (PDF). Supreme Court of New South Wales. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Tonkin Cabinet named, Corcoran resigns today". The Canberra Times. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 18 September 1979. p. 3. Retrieved 17 April 2020 – via Trove.
  3. ^ "Cashmore 'to quit politics'". The Canberra Times. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 15 May 1992. p. 2. Retrieved 17 April 2020 – via Trove.
  4. ^ "Morialta Profile". 21 April 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Frances Adamson announced as South Australia's new governor, replacing Hieu Van Le". ABC News. 19 May 2021. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Jennifer Cashmore in strong stands on green, health, palliative care, State Bank issues as South Australian MP". Adelaide AZ. Retrieved 23 March 2024.
  7. ^ "Tributes for Liberal Party trailblazer Jennifer Cashmore". In Daily. 11 June 2024. Retrieved 14 June 2024.
South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by Member for Coles
Succeeded by