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Margaret Green (c. 1859–1947)

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Margaret Green, née Holmes, also known as Greene (c.1859-1947) political activist and community worker 

Birth: about 1859 at Tourlastrane (Toorlestraun), Sligo, Ireland, daughter of John Holmes, farmer, and Mary, née Foy. Marriage: 14 February 1885 at St Stephens Cathedral, Brisbane, Queensland, to Michael John Greene [sic] (1861-1915), a baker, born in Galway, Ireland.  They had four daughters and two sons. Death: 6 August 1947 in her residence at Maylands, Western Australia. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Arrived in Australia about 1877. Spent ten years in Queensland then fifteen years in Victoria, where her children were born and her youngest daughter died in 1899. Family moved to Western Australia in about 1889.
  • Associated with the Labor movement in Boulder and Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, from 1898 to 1902. Lived in Kimberley region, then moved to Perth.
  • Joined Subiaco Women's Australian Labor Federation, Perth Women's Social Club, in 1911. Attended WA Labor Congress in 1910. Carnarvon delegate at first Labor Women's conference in 1912. On State Australian Labor Party executive. Secretary of Perth Labor Women 1913, 1925-1926.
  • President Fremantle Labor Women for twenty-seven years, vice-president Labor Women's Central Executive 1932-1933 and 1933-1934.
  • Unsuccessfully contested Senate and West Province selection ballots.
  • In 1926 appointed Justice of the Peace. Instrumental in expelling Cecilia Shelley from Perth Labor Women's Organisation.
  • 1926?, as joint trustee, threatened with court action if she did not hand over money for Children Fund Trust Account of Labor Women's Organisation.

Robin Rosemary Joyce, Women's Labour: women's power? women in Western Australian labour movement from the early 1900s to the Depression, MA thesis, ANU, 1999; W.A. ALP. Labor Women's Central Executive, Souvenir, 1933; W.A. Archives? 1319A/246 1926-28.

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Alternative Names
  • Holmes, Margaret
  • Greene, Margaret

c. 1859
Toorlestraun, Sligo, Ireland


6 August, 1947 (aged ~ 88)
Maylands, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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