Elizabeth Grace McNeill

Grace was the first woman to serve in an executive role in any form of government administration in Victoria.


Grace served in executive and senior roles in local government at the beginning of the 20th century in Victoria's Western District. There were 208 local government areas in Victoria in 1911; only one had a female executive officer and that was the borough of Ararat, with Grace McNeill serving as town clerk.

In 1926, the Australian Women's Mirror (in an article by E. B. Lazrus titled ‘Women as Town Clerks’) recognised Grace as ‘the pioneer of the movement’. She died in 1946.