People Australia

  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites

Browse Lists:

Cultural Advice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website contains names, images, and voices of deceased persons.

In addition, some articles contain terms or views that were acceptable within mainstream Australian culture in the period in which they were written, but may no longer be considered appropriate.

These articles do not necessarily reflect the views of The Australian National University.

Older articles are being reviewed with a view to bringing them into line with contemporary values but the original text will remain available for historical context.

Helen Veronica McEntyre (c. 1899–1970)

This article was published:

Helen Veronica McEntyre (c.1899-1970) clerk and trade union official

Birth: about 1899 at Coolgardie, Western Australia, daughter of John McIntyre, diamond driller and miner, and Margaret, née Kelleher (-1920). Unmarried. Death: 3 February 1970 in hospital at Perth; usual residence Mount Street, Perth. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Co-founder and secretary of Caretakers and Cleaners Union, WA goldfields. Also co-founder and first secretary of Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union in Eastern Goldfields District, retaining latter post until her resignation in 1924.
  • Represented both unions for many years on the Eastern Goldfields district council of the Australian Labor Party. Active in Goldfields Women's Labor League.
  • Moved to Perth about 1924 to become an assistant-secretary of Printing Industry Employees Union, remaining with the union for many years.
  • Member of ALP Women's Central Executive from its inception in 1927, secretary in 1930s.
  • President of the Modern Women’s Club in 1947.
  • Cause of death: bronchopneumonia (2 days), dehydration and heart failure.

Westralian Worker, 4 April 1924; WA ALP Labor Womens’ Central Executive, Souvenir, 1933; information from Anne Morrison, 1994.

Additional Resources

  • profile, Westralian Worker (Perth), 4 April 1924, p 14
  • photo, Daily News (Perth), 3 May 1947, p 5

Citation details

'McEntyre, Helen Veronica (c. 1899–1970)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 June 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

Life Summary [details]


c. 1899
Coolgardie, Western Australia, Australia


3 February, 1970 (aged ~ 71)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death


Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

Key Organisations
Political Activism