From the oral history collection: Anne Lynch (1946-2009)
Anne Lynch was the first female Deputy Clerk of the Australian Senate. She joined the Department of the Senate as an officer in 1973 and served for 32 years. She was Deputy Clerk from 1988 to 2005.
In this edited excerpt from an interview in the Oral History collection, Anne Lynch offers a ‘pen picture’ of a ‘day in the life’ of a Deputy Clerk. She describes her role as being akin to a ‘Mother Confessor’. The ‘Harry’ to whom she refers is Harry Evans, the then Clerk.
The interview was recorded in 2003 by Sandra Bunn. The full interview can be listened to in the Australian Prime Ministers Centre. Please contact the Centre prior to your visit and quote the reference number OHI 39.