History Resources - Members of Parliament

Amelia Martha Best

Amelia Martha Best

Surname: BEST

Given Names: Amelia Martha

Title and Honours: Miss, MBE 1956


Date and Place of Birth: 29 April 1900 - Lower Barrington, Tasmania

Date of Death:14 November 1979



House of Assembly: (1) 19 February 1955 (2) 24 November 1958

Electorate: Wilmot (Lyons)

Party: Liberal

Positions Held:

Date of Departure: (1) 13 October 1956 (2) 2 May 1959

Reason for Departure: (1) Defeated. (2) Defeated.


One of first two women elected to House of Assembly (Mabel Miller was the other). Re-elected by recount on resignation of Charles Best.

House of Assembly Long Room Picture: 521

House of Assembly Long Room Picture Number indicates each Member's position in the photographic record.

Source: Parliament of Tasmania Members Biographical Database, Tasmanian Parliamentary Library.

Additional Reference Material:

A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics, 1890-1964 [by] Colin A. Hughes and B. D. Graham. Canberra, ANU Press, 1968. Biographical Register of the Tasmanian Parliament, 1851-1960 / Scott Bennett and Barbara Bennett. Canberra : ANU, 1980.