June Craig

by Janice Calcei
Updated: 4 November 2022

Margaret June Lynn was born in Perth in 1930. She was three years old when her family moved to Mosman Park, where she was educated at St Hilda’s Primary School, and later at Presbyterian Ladies’ College. She preferred to be known as June, and was in her youth a champion tennis player selected for the Wilson Cup State teams in 1948 and 1949. June studied arts at the University of Western Australia and physical education at the University of Melbourne.

In September 1951, she married Dardanup farmer Frank Craig and moved to live at “Prinsep Park”. Frank’s father, Leslie Craig, was a long-serving member of the Legislative Council. June’s great grandfather, Robert John Lynn, had also sat in the Legislative Council from 1912 to 1924. June and Frank Craig had three children, one of whom was tragically killed by a falling tree from a bushfire near Rockingham in March 1977.

June Craig joined the Liberal Party in 1950, and was elected to the Legislative Assembly for the south-west seat of Wellington in 1974. After only one term in Parliament, she became only the second woman (after Dame Florence Cardell-Oliver) to achieve Cabinet rank in Western Australia, after which she held various Cabinet posts including Minister for Lands and Forests (1977-1978), Local Government (1978-1983), and Town Planning and Urban Development (1978-1983). She lost her parliamentary seat in the 1983 State election when the seat of Wellington was abolished in a redistribution of electoral boundaries and she was defeated contesting the new seat of Mitchell.

She was actively involved in a wide variety of community affairs and organizations, including the St Mary’s Anglican Guild, the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Good Neighbour Council, the Save the Children Fund (State and National President), the Karrakatta Club, the Commonwealth Games Association and the Western Australian Olympic Council.

After leaving Parliament she was a partner in a children’s clothing business and served as senior Vice-President of the Forrest Division of the Liberal Party.

In 1989 June was invited to join the Council of Presbyterian Ladies’ College. In 1992 she became the Chair of Council, remaining in that position until standing down in early 1998 due to her husband Frank’s illness.

In 1994 June Craig was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for her long and distinguished parliamentary and community service.



  • June Craig, image courtesy June Craig