Inductees 2016 - Roll of Honour - Ada Bromham (1880 - 1965)

Roll of Honor - Ada Bromham (1880 - 1965)

Miss Ada Bromham, feminist and temperance worker was born in 1880 in Victoria, on 20 December 1880, daughter of Frederick Bromham, blacksmith and miner, and his wife Charlotte. She arrived with her family in Western Australia in 1893 and later worked as a doctor’s receptionist and in a drapery shop.

A keen motorist, excellent mechanic and competitor in hill-climbs, she had acquired an Oakland car in 1916 and crossed the Nullarbor Plain several times. By the early 1920s, she was able to pursue a growing interest in social issues. Frugal habits and a substantial return from the sale of her business interests in 1927 enabled her henceforth to work full time for her causes.

Her achievements included: • Leading the Australian delegation to the International Suffrage Alliance Congress in Paris, • Conducting Tasmanian & South Australian campaign for temperance and six o'clock closing • And joining a peace delegation to Peking with Dr John Burton and others deemed radicals.

Miss Bromham had worked for the welfare of Indigenous families in both in South Australia and Victoria, and the last phase of her life in Perth was devoted almost entirely to this cause.

She became Australian representative for the world W.C.T.U. council for the advancement of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, and later divisional superintendent in Western Australia.

She fought against State parliamentarians and the Commonwealth minister for territories for better conditions for these people.

Accepting the award this evening is Verity Cripps, Ada’s niece.



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Inductees 2016
Hon. Cheryl Davenport
Mrs Oriel Green
Reverend Pam Halbert
Glenda Kickett
Annette Knight
Drisana Levitzke-Gray
Honourable Justice Carmel McLure
Holly-ann Martin
Professor Margaret Seares AO
Dr Erica Smyth
Roll of Honour - Robin Adamson (d. 2015)
Roll of Honour - Ada Bromham (1880 - 1965)
Roll of Honour - Ruby Florence Hutchison (1892 – 1974)
Roll of Honour - Sister Mary Martin Kelly (1930 - 1987)
Roll of Honour - Melvina Alice Rowley (d. 2016)
Roll of Honour - Vida Jean Wright (18 Dec 1915 to 30 July 2005)
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