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Actor dressed as Edith Cowan with the words WA Parliament presents Edith

Friday 30 July 2021 - Three Performances

Join us on Friday, 30 July for a dramatic performance, a short tour of Parliament House and light refreshments.

In this centenary year of the election of Edith Cowan, the first woman member of an Australian Parliament, the WA Parliament is pleased to present 'Edith'.

When Edith Cowan became the member for West Perth in 1921, many people thought that perhaps ‘it was not the wisest thing to do’ to send a woman to Parliament. The Melbourne Age wrote that a ‘parliament composed wholly or mainly of woman politicians is not a prospect to be regarded with enthusiasm’. Edith Cowan was frequently the subject of satire, with political cartoons depicting her as a housewife, cleaning up after the men in Parliament. When Edith Cowan made her inaugural, or maiden, speech on 28 July 1921, the public galleries were packed, but both members and the public ignored protocol and interrupted her speech.

'Edith' recreates Edith Cowan’s first speech in the House, and adds points of view by historical and future characters including Sir John Forrest, the state's first Premier, and a young woman from 2021.

Starring Caroline McKenzie as Edith Cowan, Michael Loney, Igor Sas and Ruby Williams.

'Edith' will be performed in the Legislative Assembly Chamber where Edith Cowan made her historic speech 100 years ago.

Session times

Session 1: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Session 2: 12 pm – 1:30 pm

Session 3: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Each session includes a short tour of Parliament House and light refreshments.


This is a seated performance in the Legislative Assembly chamber. Unreserved seating is available in the Chamber or the Public Gallery.


Tickets cost $15 each and are available through Eventbrite.

Getting to Parliament House

Parliament House is located at 4 Harvest Terrace, West Perth.

WALK: Parliament House is a two-kilometre walk from the city centre. Head west along Hay Street or St Georges Terrace and cross the bridge over the freeway.

BUS: The Red CAT Bus along Hay Street will take you to Stop 15: Parliament, or the Green CAT along St Georges Terrace/Malcolm Street to Stop 4: Harvest Terrace.

DRIVE: Paid parking is available on Parliament Place. Please note that street parking on Harvest Terrace is for parliamentary staff and members only. City of Perth rangers patrol this area.


A universal-access toilet, baby-changing facilities and water fountains are available in Parliament House.

Wheelchair access is available.

For more information on accessing Parliament House, see Plan Your Visit.

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