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Mabel Harriet Baird (1883–1970)

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Mabel Harriet Baird (née Jones) (1883-1970) schoolteacher and Communist activist 

Birth: 1883, Steyning, Sussex, England, daughter of Welsh parents John Henry Jones (1844-1889), gasfitter, and Elizabeth, née Pierce (1846-1926). Marriage: 20 December 1909, Brisbane, William Theodor Baird (1883-1952), teacher. They had one son and one daughter. Death: 14 August 1970, Church Point, Sydney. 

Member of the pioneer 'revolutionary socialist' Jones family of southern Queensland, who were acquaintances of William and Ernie Lane.  Her brother, Will, was editor of the Barrier Standard, Broken Hill.  In late 1930s, joined the CPA in Ipswich, Queensland. Active in the Friends of Soviet Union, and in proselytising for communist cause in rural Queensland, where her husband was headmaster in various centres.  About 1958 moved to Sydney, where she was active in the production of Tribune

Tribune, 7 October 1970 

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  • Jones, Mabel Harriet

Steyning, Sussex, England


14 August, 1970 (aged ~ 87)
Church Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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