Sonia McMahon
Sonia McMahon
Sonia McMahon, known from 1977 as Lady McMahon, was the wife of Sir William McMahon, Prime Minister of Australia, and a philanthropist and Sydney socialite.
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Love in the Lodge - Sydney Morning Herald
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... disrespectful, so-called comedy of a sitting prime minister'', pointing out that the national broadcaster had never made a ''send-up of Sir Robert and Dame Pattie Menzies, Billy and Sonia McMahon or John and Janette Howard''. Gillard, for her part,
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Massive turnout for massive Wilkins - The Age
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SONIA McMahon sent tremors through the White House in 1971 when flashing her legs in what has become The White Dress. The spotlight will be on the designer, Victoria McLellan, formerly Victoria Cascajo, from Balencia Couture in Toorak,
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Victoria Cascajo: Part of fashion folklore - Melbourne Weekly
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The year was 1971 when Lady Sonia McMahon accompanied her husband, then prime minister William McMahon, to a state dinner at the White House. When she arrived wearing a risque white floor-length gown, with side slits held together by strings of
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Hyundai Drives Charlie Brown's Spring Summer 2011 Collection - PaddockTalk
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Charlie Brown's seasonal collection campaigns have also showcased the famous faces of Lara Feltham, Cathy Freeman, Lady Sonia McMahon and more recently former Miss Universe Australia, Laura Dundovic. "Hyundai's design is now at the forefront of the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sonia McMahon
  • 2010
    Age 77
    Lady McMahon's estate has been estimated to be worth $30 million in 2010, made up of real estate throughout New South Wales, which she inherited from her late husband.
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    She was admitted to intensive care in March 2010 to undergo a procedure to clear her lungs of fluid.
    More Details Hide Details While in hospital, Lady McMahon had been preparing for an appearance at the Golden Slipper horse racing event at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on 2 April.
  • 2009
    Age 76
    On 22 February 2009, Lady McMahon was seriously injured after slipping on the stairs of a luxury pleasure boat owned by her friend, Paul Ramsay.
    More Details Hide Details She was taken to St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney suffering broken ribs, punctured lung, and multiple other bone fractures.
  • 1988
    Age 55
    She became a widow in 1988, and in the ensuing years she continued her philanthropic activities.
    More Details Hide Details Lady McMahon became a board member and patron of many charities, including the National Brain Foundation, the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, the Microsearch Foundation and Australia's Sudden Infant Death Syndrome association.
  • 1977
    Age 44
    William McMahon was knighted in 1977, and she became Lady McMahon, although often still referred to as simply Sonia McMahon.
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  • 1971
    Age 38
    As a prime ministerial spouse from March 1971 to December 1972, Sonia McMahon organised for a nanny to look after the children at the family home in the Sydney suburb of Bellevue Hill, while she lived with her husband at The Lodge, Canberra, attending official duties.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with her biographer, Sonia McMahon said: "It was a hard decision. I loved being with Bill and I loved being a mum. But I knew I had to make a decision, and I chose to be with my husband."
  • 1965
    Age 32
    Sonia Hopkins worked as an occupational therapist until 1965 when she married William (better known as Billy) McMahon, an aspiring politician in Sir Robert Menzies' government.
    More Details Hide Details She was 32, he 57. It was the only marriage for both. He became Prime Minister in 1971. Later that year, Sonia McMahon made world headlines after being photographed at the White House wearing a revealing dress in the company of her husband and United States president Richard Nixon. The white full-length dress featured see-through slits down both sides. The Washington Post described the dress as one of the most talked about items of clothing ever to be worn to the White House. In later years (then Lady McMahon) she spoke to her biographer, commenting that her husband chose the dress and that it had "certainly made an impact". Their first two children (Melinda and Julian) were born before he became prime minister. Their third child, Deborah, was born in 1972, during McMahon's term as prime minister.
  • 1932
    Born on August 1, 1932.
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