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Owen, Mary (1921 - )

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Born
1921
Balwyn, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Women's Liberationist and Trade unionist

Summary

Mary Owen was founding Coordinator of The Working Women's Centre Melbourne, 1975-1986, when it was absorbed into the Australian Council of Trade Unions. She was a staff member of AAESDA (Association of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors & Draughtsmen of Australia), 1965 -1975; a member of WEL from 1972; and a member of La Trobe University Council 1983-1990. She was appointed Deputy Chancellor of La Trobe University 1989.

In 1986 the first Mary Owen Dinner was organised in Melbourne to celebrate Mary's retirement. Held annually, the event lasted twenty years. There was always a female keynote speaker and the audience, normally in the order of 600 women, wearing the feminist colours of purple, green and white, was a sight to behold. The last dinner was held in 2005.

Mary Owen was a very early supporter of the Australian Women's Archives Project.

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Events

1977
Awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal
1984
Order of Australia Medal

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Papers of Edna Ryan, 1948 - 1993, MS 9140; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room

  • [Biographical cuttings on Mary Owen, co-ordinator of the Working Women's Centre, Melbourne, 1981]; National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Papers of Mary Owen, 1951 - 1997, MS 13367; Owen, Mary (1921 - ); State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Mary Owen Papers; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • Working Women's Centre Papers, 1907 - 1985; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Digital resources

Title
Mary Owen
Type
Image
Date
13 March 2001
Source
AWAP Collection

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