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Sonja M.L. DAVIES

Sonja M.L. DAVIES, Member of Parliament. Order of New Zealand; Honorary Doctor of Laws, Victoria University. adviser New Zealand Childcare Association.

Background

  • DAVIES, Sonja M.L. was born on November 11, 1923 in Wallaceville, New Zealand. Daughter of Gerald Dempsey and Gwladys Ilmavile.

  • Education

    • King Edward Technical College, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. Spoken languages: English.

    Career

    • Nine years local government. Nelson City Council; Dep-Chairwoman, Nelson Hospital Board. Founder, NZ Working Women’s Council.

      Coorganiser NZ Working Women’s Convention, 1977. She has served on the NZ Federation of Labour Executive, vice-President 1981-1987. Represented the Federation of Labour at the Working Women’s Conference, 1978, and at the Conference on problems of rural workers, 1979.

      Led the NZ delegation to the World Peace Conference, 1986. Justice of the Peace. Founder. New Zealand Childcare Association.

      Professional career: industrial adviser, Wellington Shop Employees’ Union. Assistant secretary/organiser, NZ Public Service Associate. Regional representative, NZ Food Processing Union and Wellington Clerical Union.

      Trainee nurse; shop employee. Library assistant.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Labour Party

    Religion

    Agnostic.

    Membership

    Adviser New Zealand Childcare Association.

    Personality

    Interests

    Recreations: reading, writing, music, theatre, gardening. Peace, women’s issues, race relations, the environment.

    Connections

    • [{"type":"father","name":"Gerald Dempsey"},{"type":"mother","name":"Gwladys Ilmavile"},{"type":"spouse","name":"Charles Edward Mercer Davies"}]
    • father: Gerald Dempsey
    • mother: Gwladys Ilmavile
    • spouse: Charles Edward Mercer Davies
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    Born November 11, 1923
    Nationality

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