About Frances

Frances Bedford, was first elected as Member for Florey for the ALP in 1997 winning an “unwinnable” seat in the House of Assembly in the South Australia Parliament. Following two terms on the Social Development Committee. Frances was appointed Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees in the 53rd Parliament in May 2014. This allowed her to pursue her long held ambition of a program visiting schools unable to travel to see how Parliament works.

A resident and active Modbury community member for over 35 years, she has maintained strong personal links with local people, groups and organisations since election. With 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren, Frances’ interests include social justice issues – particularly access to health and education, women’s issues and youth participation in community especially via sports and performing arts

The issues that led her to Parliament are the ones that affect most people – having a job with fair conditions, wanting a decent environment to live in and good public health and education services nearby. Frances has been strongly involved in local community groups for many years, including the Modbury Hospital Local Action Group and the North East Residents Action Group. She established a Florey Reconciliation Taskforce and has a keen interest in Aboriginal affairs. She was also involved in the opposition to privatisation of the public transport system through a public transport action group and the union movement.

Founder of the Muriel Matters Society in June 2009, Frances is now spearheading research into the Adelaide-born elocutionist who left these shores in 1905 and made a name for herself in the UK suffrage movement. The Society is actively working to organise events to promote the life and works of this little known SA woman and reaching out broadly to promote the ideas and visions, still valid today, around Muriel’s philosophy of equality and access, especially in the areas of women’s participation, industrial fairness, education for all, limiting alcohol and substance abuse and world peace.


Ms Frances Bedford JP MP: Curriculum Vitae

Life Memberships

Calisthenics Association of South Australia (CASA)
Muriel Matters Society Inc.
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia


Asbestos Victims Association (AVA)
Australian Calisthenics Federation
Banksia Park Concert Bands
Hope Valley Bowling & Community Club Inc.
Ladies Probus of Modbury
Marie Clark Singers
Modbury Cricket Club
North East Tennis Association
Tango Netball Club
Tea Tree Plaza Walking Group Inc.
The Adelaide Observatory (The Heights School)
Valley View Tennis Club


Calisthenics Association of South Australia (CASA)
Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health
TTP Walking Group Inc.


Clovercrest Swimming Club
North East Hockey Club

Honorary Member

Modbury Soccer Club
Modbury Rotary Club
Modbury Lions

Member of, or associated with:

Adelaide Baroque
Adelaide Parklands Preservation Association
Adelaide Voices
Army Museum of South Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
Asbestos Victims Association
Australia Cuba Friendship
Australian American Association in South Australia
Australian Options
Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
Community Arts Network
Conservation Council of South Australia
Consumer Association of SA
Don Dunstan Foundation
Early Settlers Historical Club of Tee Tree Gully
Embroiderers’ Guild of SA
Fauna Care and Release
Friends of Angove Scrub
Friends of Anstey Hill
Friends of Carrick Hill
Friends of Old Highercombe Museum
Friends of Reconciliation SA
Friends of South Australian Museum
Friends of the ABC
Friends of the Art Gallery
Friends of the State Library
Girl Guides (Blue and Gold Society)
Nature Foundation SA
North East Community Assistant Project Inc. (NECAP)
Parliamentary Christian Fellowship
People for Public Transport
Port Adelaide Caledonian Society
Project Dolphin Safe
Rose Society
Royal Association of Justices
Royal Australian Regiment Association (RAR SA)
Royal Caledonian Society of South Australia
SA Council for Civil Liberties
SA May Day Collective
Salisbury and District Historical Society
South Australian Genetic Food Network (SAGFIN)
Tee Tree Gully Community Services Forum
Tee Tree Gully RSL
The Graham F Smith Peace Trust
Trees for Life
Victoriana Society
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia
VIEW Clubs
Wanderers Rock N Roll Car Club
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Women’s Electoral Lobby (SA)
Women’s Legal Service (SA)