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Doris (Dot) Hills (1901–1978)

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Doris or Dorothy Marie (Dot) Hills, née Cobon (1901-1978) wards attendant, political activist and Communist

Birth: 1901 at Deniliquin, New South Wales, daughter of native-born parents Alexander Cobon (1876-1957), labourer and railway employee, and Henrietta, née Fahey. Marriage: 3 July 1926 at the District Registrar’s office, Melbourne, Victoria, to native-born Thomas (Tom) Hills (1904-1995), wharf labourer. They had no children. Death: 16 August 1978 at Parkville, Victoria; usual residence Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne. 

  • Following experience of Depression on the wharves of Port Melbourne, joined Communist Party of Australia in 1933 and Unemployed Workers’ Movement. Active in 1933 'dole strike'.
  • During Cold War was CPA candidate for Port Melbourne council.
  • Joined Socialist Party of Australia after split.
  • Cause of death: cardiogenic shock, myocardial infarction, cardiac failure, previous infarcts.

(Sydney), 6 September 1978.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Hills, Dorothy Marie
  • Cobon, Dorothy Marie

Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia


16 August, 1978 (aged ~ 77)
Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Key Organisations
Political Activism