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Olive Zakharov
Olive Zakharov

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Olive's Corner commemorates the life and values of Olive Zakharov (1929 - 1995). 

Olive Zakharov entered Parliament in 1983 and served as an Australian Labor Party senator for Victoria until her death in 1995. Having worked in a vast range of occupations to make ends meet and as a single parent in an era without much social support, Senator Zakharov spoke from personal experience whenever she championed the rights of the disadvantaged. She chaired the Senate Committee on Community Affairs for seven years.

In 1988 Zakharov represented the Australian peace movement at a ceremony in the Soviet Union to witness the destruction of nuclear weapons as part of a US/USSR nuclear disarmament agreement. She was the only foreign parliamentarian present.

In the Senate Zakharov was one of the early voices for affirmative action and sex discrimination legislation. She was unashamedly a feminist and readily spoke about sexual harassment in the workplace and disparity in pay and opportunities between the sexes. At the launch of a national campaign against domestic violence, Zakharov spoke publicly about her experiences in a violent relationship for over ten years prior to her divorce.

Following her unexpected death as a result of an accident, the Senate sat for over two hours to hear condolence motions.



Address:Liardet & Lalor Streets, Port Melbourne, 3207
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.838209
Long: 144.942035
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Federal
Designer:Chimera Collections


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:March-2002
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Olive Zakharov (1929 - 1995)

Was a parent, teacher, psychologist, ALP Senator in the Federal Parliament, Port Melbourne resident & lifelong
community activist. 

She worked passionately for the welfare and rights of individuals and communities who lacked power and influence. 

Olive's Corner is a memorial to her life and values.


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au