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Agnes Macphail Bust
Ottawa, Ontario

Macphail Bust
The unveiling of the commemorative bust of Agnes Macphail. (Duncan
Cameron/National Archives of Canada/PA-121765.)

Agnes Macphail became the first female Member of Parliament in Canadian history after she was elected to the House of Commons in 1921. The Agnes Macphail bust is located outside the House of Commons, Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Ontario.

The bronze bust of Agnes Macphail was created by a young Austrian refugee called Felix de Weldon, who later became a famous sculptor. A ceremony to unveil the bust was hold on March 8, 1955. As shown in the photo, guests included (L-R): Margaret Aitken, M.P.; Charlotte Whitton, Mayor of Ottawa; Hon. Cairine Wilson, Senator; Hon. Ellen Fairclough, Secretary of State.

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