Better late than never: Mildura Club votes to allow female members

Mildura Club secretary manager Brad Fox and president Bert Hilton-Wood, with new joining members Raye Baker and Karla Fox. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Mildura Club secretary manager Brad Fox and president Bert Hilton-Wood, with new joining members Raye Baker and Karla Fox. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

FIVE women are in line to join one of Mildura’s oldest private members clubs, which has reformed its constitution to allow female members after more than a century of exclusion.

The Mildura Club, founded in the 1890s by W.B. Chaffey, passed the historic changes to its constitution at its recent annual general meeting. While women have been allowed to attend the club as guests, membership had been confined to men.

Mildura lawyer Kay Martin, who caused a stir when she tried to join the club alongside another female solicitor about 30 years ago, said the decision was “better late than never”.

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