Baylor, (Hilda) Gracia

Born 08 October 1929 (Brisbane, Queensland)
Parents: Herbert David Parry-Okeden, grazier and businessman, and Hilda Mary Webster.
Marriage: (1) 1950 John Du Frocq Freeman; (2) 23 Mar 1959 Richard Patrick Baylor, solicitor; 3s. 1d.
Occupation: Schoolteacher and law clerk
Religion: Church of England
Education: Queens Church of England Girls Grammar School, Ballarat, Collegiate College, Hobart, Somerville House, Brisbane, National Gallery Art School, Melbourne, Dip of Fine Arts 1950. BA 1993 Deakin University.

Career: Overseas 1950-1951; secondary schoolteacher (Cl of Public Education) Mercer House, Melbourne 1951-1957 and at Hamilton College 1957-1959; lived Healesville from 1962, law clerk and office manager in husband's firm; member Healesville Hospital Auxiliary, Healesville Tourist Promotion Association, Maroondah Half-way House and other community organisations. Anglican vestry member and synod representative. Owned and run Yarra Valley Picnics since 1987. Member, University of Melbourne Human Ethics Cttee 1987-91. Chairman, Dr Vera Scantlebury Brown Memorial Trust since 1990. Member and Deputy Convener, Victoria Women's Council 1991-99. Trustee, Queen Victoria Women's Centre since 1994, Chairman since 1999. President, National Council of Women of Australia 1997-2000. Member, Commonwealth Advisory Board for Equal Employment Opportunity for Women since 1999. Member, Defence Reserve Forces Council since 2000. Member, "Women Shaping the Nation" Centenary of Federation Cttee 2000-2001. Awarded AM 1999. Healesville shire councillor 1966-1978, president 1977-1978; president Vic. Local Government Women's Association 1973-1974 and executive member 1967- , national v-president 1974-1975

Party: Liberal Party
Party Note: Joined 1958, secretary Healesville branch 1968-1973 and Kinglake branch 1973-1978, member state executive 1972-1977, parl. spokesperson for senior citizens Nov 1982- ; one of first two women elected to Legislative Council and first Liberal woman MLC.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLCBoronia5 May 1979 1 March 1985Resigned
Resigned to contest Legislative Assembly seat of Warrandyte.
Other seats contested: Warrandyte 1985.

Inaugural speech

Appointments: Committee Service: Subordinate Legislation Cttee 1981-1982. House Cttee 1982-1985. Social Development Cttee 1982-1985.
Publications: Edited "Work-Life Management - How to get the Balance" 1999.


References: Who's Who in Australia 1980-1983; Victorian Parliamentary Handbook; Lofthouse, A., Who's Who of Australian Women', North Ryde, 1982; Yarra Valley News Edition 14 June 1978; Age 8 May 1979; Knox-Sherbrooke News 15 May 1980; Hamilton Spectator 4 Mar 1982; New Idea 30 July 1983; personal information
Initial data source: Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985
Last update: November 2001. (last date the record was checked and updated)

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.