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Helen Henrry Ogston (1873–1955)

by Chris Cunneen

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Ogston, Helen Henrry, née Hutton (also known as Hellen) (1873-1955) Communist worker

Birth: 1873 at Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, daughter of Adam Hutton, shepherd, and Elizabeth Jane, née Meldrum. Marriage: c.1896 at Edinburgh to James Ogston (1873-1952), bread carter, cable-car driver, later labourer. They had four daughters and five sons. Death: 19 January 1955 at Ashfield, Sydney, New South Wales. 

  • Arrived in Australia with family in 1924. Joined the Communist Party of Australia about 1932.
  • Organised the distribution of the Workers’ Weekly (Sydney). Helped the unemployed to organize and worked in other ways for peace. “Always had a sure faith in the Australian people, and in the coming of Socialism”.
  • Cause of death: hypostatic pneumonia, hemiplegia and hypertension.

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Chris Cunneen, 'Ogston, Helen Henrry (1873–1955)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 May 2024.

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  • Hutton, Helen Henrry

Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


19 January, 1955 (aged ~ 82)
Ashfield, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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