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Margaret Cable (Maggie) Hall (1862–1932)

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Margaret Cable Hutchison 'Maggie' Hall (1862-1932) shepherdess, nurse, Labor party activist 

Birth: 24 March 1862 at Morses Creek, Victoria, daughter of Scottish-born parents Thomas Hall, farmer, and Marion, née Hutchison. Unmarried. Death: 27 July 1932 in North Sydney, New South Wales. Religion: Anglican. 

  • Earliest occupation shepherdess, later worked as a country town general servant.
  • Nurse at Gladesville Hospital for the Insane for a few years. Housemaid and waitress in Sydney.
  • With her sister opened a refreshment room in Bent Street near Parliament House. Frequently visited Parliament and listened to the discussions during the day.
  • After women gained the right to vote, became a female organiser at the request of the Political Labor League, travelling over 3000 miles by train, coach and buggy and addressed 50 meetings mostly of women to encourage them to vote for Labor at the next election. Member of Labor party executive 1905-10.
  • Left the Labor party over conscription. Campaigned in favour of conscription in 1916. Joined the Nationalist Association in 1917.

Information from S. Tracey 1997; Worker, 31 December 1904, p.6 [bio and photo]:

Additional Resources

  • profile, Worker (Wagga, NSW), 31 December 1904, p 6
  • death notice, Daily Telegraph (Sydney), 28 July 1932, p 4

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Life Summary [details]


24 March, 1862
Bright, Victoria, Australia


27 July, 1932 (aged 70)
North Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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