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Joy Cummings – Australia’s first female Lord Mayor
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Joy Cummings – Australia’s first female Lord Mayor

From visitnewcastle.com.au:Joy Cummings was Australia’s first female Lord Mayor and the Lord Mayor of Newcastle from 1974-1984. She had many achievements during her time in office and left a tremendous legacy to the city after her death in 2003. Her interest in politics began in 1938 at age 15 when she joined the ALP. Whilst maintaining her involvement in ALP politics, Joy married Ray Cummings and raised four children. Her political life began in 1968 as the first woman to win a seat on Newcastle City Council, when she was appointed alderman of the city’s East Ward. Joy’s first political venture was campaigning to save Moreton Bay Fig trees in Islington. During her political career she was known for her many environmental achievements in Newcastle including the preservation of Blackbutt Re