Winsome McCaughey

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Winsome McCaughey
86th Lord Mayor of Melbourne
In office
Preceded byAlexis Ord
Succeeded byWilliam Deveney
Personal details
Born (1943-10-23) 23 October 1943 (age 75)
Baddaginnie, Victoria, Australia

Winsome McPherson McCaughey AO (née Howell; born 23 October 1943[citation needed]), was Lord Mayor of Melbourne from 1988 to 1989.[1] She was the second woman to hold that position after succeeding Alexis Ord.

Early life[edit]

Winsome Howell was born and raised on a property at Baddaginnie, in north-east Victoria, where her great grandparents had settled in 1870.[2] After primary school she was sent to board at Morongo Girls' College in Geelong.[3] She was married to Patrick McCaughey.[4]

She studied philosophy during her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, and resided at the University College from 1962-1964.[5]


Alongside Ruth Crow, McCaughey helped found the community based childcare movement and was founder and Director of the Community Child Care Association from 1972 to 1979. She drafted Australia's first Children's Services Policy for the Australian Social Welfare Commission.[6]

McCaughey was Executive Officer of the Reichstein Foundation from 1986 to 1988.

McCaughey was the spokesperson for the residents' group Melbourne Voters' Action, and in 1982 was elected Councillor of the City of Melbourne Council, topping the ward's primary vote. She remained councillor until elected Mayor of Melbourne in 1988.[7]

When her term as Lord Mayor ended, she headed Melbourne's bid for the 1996 Olympic Games. She also spent three years as the CEO of the Australia New Zealand Food Authority (now called Food Standards Australia).[8]

In 1991 she met her partner, Snow Barlow, Professor of Horticulture and Viticulture at the University of Melbourne. Together they have established Baddaginnie Run, on her family's land, with the aim of restoring the land's biodiversity, establishing native vegetation bio-corridors, growing premium quality grapes through sustainable practices, and creating fine wines that reflect the area's soil and climate.[2] McCaughey was CEO of Greening Australia for four years.[9][10]

McCaughey was founding Executive Director of the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF, now Creative Partnerships Australia) from 1998 to 2005.[11][10] She has been a trustee of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust since 2010, is Director of the Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation and a Director of the wine company Seven Sisters Pty Ltd.

In 2014 McCaughey was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia 'for her distinguished service to the community, particularly to local government and early childhood development, and through a broad range of charitable organisations.'[12]


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  2. ^ a b "Baddaginnie Run". Baddaginnie Run Wines. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  3. ^ Aiton, Doug (1989-10-22). "The country girl who came to town". The Age. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  4. ^ "A way with words". The Australian. 2010-01-02. Archived from the original on 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  5. ^ "UC Frappe Fort November 2014". issuu. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  6. ^ "Community services 'political'". The Canberra Times. 56, (17, 109). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 1 August 1982. p. 15. Retrieved 22 June 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "The 'most undemocratic municipality in Australia': changes to the franchise and electoral arrangements of the Melbourne City Council 1938-2011 › Explore our Research". Retrieved 2017-06-22.
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  9. ^ "MAGAZINE Going bush with the Green Corps". The Canberra Times. 66, (20, 922). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 25 July 1992. p. 22. Retrieved 22 June 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ a b "McCaughey, Winsome - People and organisations". Trove. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  11. ^ "The partnership pitch -". Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  12. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours: full list". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
Civic offices
Preceded by
Alexis Ord
Lord Mayor of Melbourne
Succeeded by
William Deveney