Ada Bromham

Deceased Person

1880 – 1965

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Who was Ada Bromham?

Ada Bromham was an Australian feminist and temperance activist.

Bromham was born in Gobur to blacksmith Frederick Bromham and Charlotte, née Bradford. She was educated at Yarck before moving with her family to Western Australia in 1893, attending school at Fremantle before becoming a doctor's receptionist. Her mother died in 1908 and she worked at a drapery shop in Claremont, lodging with the daughters of former Fremantle mayor and temperance campaigner Thomas Smith. By the early 1920s, with the business prospering, she began to engage in social issues, and unsuccessfully contested the 1921 state election. She was president of the West Australian Temperance Alliance and secretary of the Australian Women's Equal Citizenship Federation in 1925 before becoming secretary of the Australian Federation of Women's Societies in 1926.

In June 1926 Bromham led the Australian delegation to the International Suffrage Alliance Conference in Paris and then represented Australia at a conference of the British Empire League in London on emigration. She left Perth for Melbourne in January 1934 and further represented her union at conventions and conferences in Stockholm and London. She became general secretary of the Women's Christian Temperance Union in 1937 and moved to Adelaide, contesting Unley at the 1941 state election. She retired briefly in 1946 before returning to Melbourne in 1947 as general secretary. She retired again at the end of 1949.

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Dec 20, 1880
Mar 15, 1965

on July 23, 2013


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