Vicky Kippin

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Vicky Kippin
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Mourilyan
In office
7 December 1974 – 29 November 1980
Preceded byPeter Moore
Succeeded byBill Eaton
Personal details
Victoria Anne Cox

(1942-09-07)7 September 1942
Ayr, Queensland, Australia
Died24 March 2019(2019-03-24) (aged 76)
East Palmerston, Queensland, Australia
Political partyNational Party
Spouse(s)Norman Edwin James Kippin (divorced), Shane O'Connor
Alma materJames Cook University, University of Queensland
OccupationSchool teacher, Cattle station manager

Victoria Anne Kippin (7 September 1942 – 24 March 2019) was an Australian politician. She was a National Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1974 to 1980, representing the district of Mourilyan.

Early life[]

Kippin was born in the north Queensland town of Ayr. Her parents were Vivian Henry Cox and Enid Parry Trower, who own a grazing property in the Burdekin district where she was raised. She attended Kalamia and Ayr state schools, St Anne's Church of England Grammar School in Townsville and Ayr High School. A foundation student at the University College of Townsville in 1961, she took on pharmacy before transferring to agricultural science in 1962, studying the subject for three years.[1]

In 1965, Kippin became a teacher at Fairholme College in Toowoomba. In 1966, she married Norman Edwin James Kippin. The couple had a son and a daughter but would later divorce. From 1964 to 1974, Kippin managed cattle properties and a transport business in north Queensland.[1]


Kippin was also active in the Country Party, later known as the National Party. She was the party president of the Coast Zone Women's Section and the Zone vice president of the Far Northern Women's Section.[1]

Kippin won election to state parliament at the 1974 state election, a landslide victory for the National-Liberal coalition. Elected as the National Party member for Mourilyan, it was the first time a non-Labor candidate had won the seat. Kippin was re-elected for a second term at the 1977 state election, before her defeat at the 1980 state election to Labor candidate Bill Eaton. She stood again as the National Party candidate for Mourilyan at the 1983 state election but failed to win back her old seat.[1]

During her time in parliament, Kippin advocated the upgrade of major highways and was recognised for her efforts by the naming of the Vicky Kippin Bridge on the Palmerston Highway. She was believed to be favoured by Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen to become Queensland's first female minister, but this did not eventuate due to her defeat at the 1980 state election.[1]

Turning her attention to local government, Kippin served as a Johnstone Shire councillor from 1982 to 1985.[1]

She also stood as the National Party candidate for the Townsville-based seat of Herbert at the 1984 federal election; not a natural National seat, she lost to incumbent Labor MP Ted Lindsay.[1]

Later life[]

Following her departure from state politics, Kippin won the Commercial Fisherman of the Year Award in 1981 and was elected chairman of the Innisfail Regional Promotion Bureau the same year. In 1984, she became the Queensland Administrator of the Northern Australia Development Council.[1]

Kippin later married Shane O'Connor and returned to the family farm. She became the inaugural president of the Zonta Club of Innisfail.[1]

Kippin-O'Connor died on 24 March 2019, aged 76.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i McCulloch, John. "Women Members of the Queensland Parliament" (PDF). Queensland Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  2. ^ "First session of the fifty-sixth Parliament" (PDF). Hansard. Parliament of Queensland. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Vale Vicky Kippin-O'Connor". Australian Banana Growers Association. Retrieved 10 May 2020.

External links[]

Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Peter Moore
Member for Mourilyan
Succeeded by
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