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Henrietta Lillian (Hetty) Gilbert (1885–1959)

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Gilbert, Henrietta Lillian Maude (Hetty) (1885-1959) school teacher and trade union official 

Birth: 19 February 1885 at Ballarat, Victoria, daughter of Henry Gilbert (1830-), a miner, born at South Moulton, Devonshire, England, and Leah, née Potter (1842-), born in New South Wales. Unmarried. Death: 30 December 1959 in hospital at Melbourne; usual residence Hampden Road, Armadale. 

  • First active in Victorian Teachers’ Union (VTU) to annual conference from Ballarat in 1925.
  • Member of Council of VTU from 1926 to 1949; sometime president and senior vice president, first woman to hold president's position, in 1941-43.
  • “Golden voiced orator” whose concern was underprivileged children.
  • Cause of death: bronchopneumonia and multiple myeloma.

Sources
The Teachers' Journal, 21 October 1940, 12 March 1943, 20 May 1950, 20 February 1953.

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Henrietta Gilbert, 1941

Henrietta Gilbert, 1941

Australian Women's Weekly, 5 April 1941, p 2

Life Summary [details]

Birth

19 February, 1885
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Death

30 December, 1959 (aged 74)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (multiple myeloma)

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