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Jobling, Doris May (c. 1938 - 2006)

c. 1938
12 September 2006
Teacher and Union organiser


Doris Jobling was a radical union organiser, who spent many decades on the front line of political campaigns, particularly in the area of education. She was a Communist Party of Australia candidate in the 1971 King elections for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.


Doris Jobling joined the Communist Party of Australia in 1968, galvanised by the inequality suffered particularly by migrant children. She was active in the campaign to prevent the eviction of old men from the Rosebank Old Men's Home in Glebe and stressed the disadvantages of the old schools in the electorate.

Although she only ran for election once, Doris Jobling continued to be involved in campaigns in support of public education. When she retired from the position of organiser for the Teachers' Federation, she returned to teaching.

She married Joe Owens, one time official of the Builders' Labourers' Federation, and they had two sons. Doris was killed by her son Adam in September 2006.

Sources used to compile this entry: Australian Story, In Cold Blood, ABC Television, 22 June 2009. Also available at; Ephemera on NSW State and local elections, Box 3, Mitchell Library collection, State Library of NSW, Sydney; Tribune,3 February 1971, p.3; Sydney Morning Herald, 26 September 2006.

Annette Alafaci

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