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Elizabeth McCombs


Elizabeth McCombs was the first woman to become a Member of Parliament in New Zealand when she was elected as a Labour Party candidate in a Lyttelton by-election in 1933. She succeeded her late husband, James, who had held the seat since 1913. Sadly, Elizabeth died after just two years in Parliament.


Alexander Turnbull Library
Advisory Committee on Women's Affairs collection
Reference: F150372 1/2
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