Gillard is Australiaâ€™s first female prime minister and South Australia, the first place on Earth to extend the franchise and permit them to sit in parliament to the fairer sex in 1894.
Yes, the Croweaters beat New Zealand. The Kiwis extended the franchise in 1983 but women werenâ€™t eligible for elections until 1919. NZâ€™s first female MP went into the bearpit in 1933. That means Western Australiaâ€™s Edith Cowan reached an earlier milestone when she knocked out the Stateâ€™s Attorney General in 1920.
New Zealand, of course, has the honour of beating Australia to having its answer to Margaret Thatcher, Jenny Shipley in 1997.
South Australiaâ€™s suffragettes, however, are actually laggards as the free settlersâ€™ state did not elect a female MP in either the upper or lower houses until 1959.
Quel embarras! Queenslandâ€™s first elected a woman in 1929 – Irene Longman, a Country Party stalwart.
Moreover South Australia has never installed or elected a female Premier; although NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and even the Northern Territory and the ACT have.
It raises some interesting questions: have South Australian suffragettes sat on their laurels since 1894 or are they just really bad at nagging? Is electing South Australian male pollies just like electing women candidates?
South Australians are always trying to press upon the rest of the Commonwealth their progressive credentials when their record on female representation is terrible. Were they born annoying or is it their unpotable water?
This state of affairs is even curiouser and curiouser as South Australians seems to be going head over heels for a Welsh born woman PM representing the boganic heartland of western Melbourne.
There is no doubt South Australians are claiming Gillard as one of their own and perhaps Gillardâ€™s status as first female PM as a South Australian milestone too. The love even prompted a jealous Julie Bishop to swoop on the town and insist her South Australian First Lady credentials were far more impressive than Juliaâ€™s. It fell on deaf earlobes. Not even a gnome-shattering death-stare was enough to persuade anyone that Noel Crichton-Browne former close personal friend had a stronger Adelaide claim.
They might love her still but the fact is Gillard grew up in Adelaide and got the hell out of there as soon as possible. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the place, is it?
South Australia and Victoria appear to be the only States where candidate association with PM Rednut is proving effective.
This includes electors from Sturt and Boothby. These inner metro seats are held by male Liberal incumbents â€“ Christopher Pyne and Andrew Southcott â€“ on narrow margins. Their Labor candidates are Rick Sarre and Annabel Digance. The challengers are running hard on their Gillardâ€™s leadership whose broader than board accent is quite distinctive from that of most Adelaidian Liberals, famous for their polished vowels.
The Greens are preferencing the Labor candidates ahead of Pyne and Southcott who, in turn, are likely to gain Family First votes.
Pyne is a high profile frontbencher. His scalp is one the Labor Party really want. However Pyne and the lower profiled Southcott have both proved that they could dig deep in campaigns as they did in 2007.
The Libs have just three weeks to pull up their primary votes to winnable levels.
But the most curious development leaking from South Australian insiders is Alexander Downerâ€™s former seat of Mayo is in play.
Call it the Gillard factor â€¦. or maybe it is something else?
Mayoâ€™s incumbent is Jamie Briggs, Workchoicesâ€™ champion and former adviser to John Howard.
Mildura-born Briggs has already turned Alexander Downerâ€™s former seat from safe to marginal in a 2008 by-election â€“ the worst by-election result for the Coalition since the 2007 loss (Higgins, Gippsland and Bradfield were all good).
Briggsâ€™ Labor opponent is a 19 year old, Sam Davis, who replaced the endorsed candidate who dropped out for â€œprivate reasons.â€
Could Briggs really change Mayo from marginal seat to a Labor win?
If anyone can, it is Briggs.
Those wacky whacky South Australians: long may they surprise us on 21 August 2010.
No doubt many will be keen to see whether Labor strategist Jim Chalmers or Liberal Julian Sheezel will be having a punt each-way.