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Ruth Nancy Coleman (née Huckstep; 27 September 1931 – 27 March 2008) was an Australian politician. She was a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and served as a Senator for Western Australia from 1974 to 1987. She was prominent in the anti-nuclear movement.
Coleman had a daughter from her first marriage. She remarried in 1967 to Jim Coleman, with whom she had one son. Her husband served as the secretary of the Trades and Labour Council of Western Australia and was later appointed to the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. He also retired in 1987 and the couple settled in Yunderup. Coleman returned to Perth following her husband's death and lived in Bassendean until her death from cancer on 27 March 2008. She was cremated at Karrakatta Cemetery.
Coleman was born on 27 September 1931 in Collie, Western Australia, the daughter of Alice Beatrice (née Boulden) and Vincent Huckstep. Her father was a railway ganger and the family moved frequently during her childhood. She began her schooling at a state school in East Victoria Park and later boarded at a convent school in Toodyay. She left school at the age of 13 and "was variously employed as a bus conductress, usherette, waitress, housemaid and cashier". She later trained as a telephonist and found work as a secretary, then moved into "publishing, advertising and copywriting, and eventually public relations".Coleman moved to Melbourne in the 1950s with her first husband, where she began working in radio and television. She returned to Perth in 1964 following her divorce and worked for Swan Television (Channel Nine) as a publicity and promotions officer. She became the inaugural secretary of the Consumers' Action Movement in 1971 and was subsequently appointed to the Consumer Affairs Council of Western Australia and the Retail Trades and Control Advisory Committee.
Movies & TV Series
Outside of Paradise
Daniel Francis O'Toole, singing maestro in a New York restaurant, finds himself the unexpected heir to an estate in Ireland. He doesn't have money enough for the passage to Ireland, but the band membe...
Children of the Wild
Tom Turner, a naturalist, comes to the "Topa Topa" district (named for the mountain), and falls in love with widow Margaret Weston...
Wallaby Jim of the Islands
Wallaby Jim and his men have just found a valuable source of pearls in the South Pacific. But Jim's associate Norman has put the whole operation in jeopardy because of his gambling problem. Jim's unsc...
A Doctor's Diary
A Doctor's Diary is told through the eyes of Dr. Dan Norris (John Trent), resident physician in a private hospital. In his search for a cure for spinal meningitis, Norris recklessly runs roughshod ove...
Night of Mystery
One of a series of movies based on the character Philo Vance
The Crime Nobody Saw
Three playwrights (Lew Ayres, Eugene Pallette, Benny Baker) develop a plot around a drunk who gets killed in their apartment.