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Leah Healy (1915–2000)

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Leah Healy, née Marks (1915-2000), Communist Party State secretary

Birth: 1 April 1915 at Perth, Western Australia, daughter of David Morris Marks (1891-1963), watchmaker and jeweller, born at Lemberg, Austria, and Judith, née Mollever (1891-1979), born at Zurich, Switzerland. Her parents had married at Jerusalem, Palestine, in 1908. Marriage: 25 October 1949 at Perth, WA, to native-born Kevin Martin Healy (1909-2000), ironworker and Communist activist. They had one child. The marriage ended in divorce. Death: 13 September 2000 at Melbourne. Religion: Jewish. 

  • Studied at Perth Modern School and Melbourne Conservatorium.
  • Communist Party of Australia organiser in Western Australia. WA State secretary of the CPA from 1943 to 1945. Katharine Susannah Throssell, née Prichard, was a witness at her marriage in 1940.
  • Seems to have worked as a kindergarten teacher in Western Australia and later moved to Victoria.

Justina Williams, The First Furrow (Perth, 1976); Stuart Macintyre, Militant: The Life and Times of Paddy Troy (Sydney, 1984).

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  • Marks, Leah

1 April, 1915
Perth, Western Australia, Australia


13 September, 2000 (aged 85)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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