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Golding, Isabella Theresa (Belle) (1864 - 1940)

Born
25 November 1864
Tambaroora, New South Wales, Australia
Died
11 December 1940
New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Factory inspector, Feminist and Suffragist

Summary

With her sisters, Annie Golding and Kate Dwyer, Belle Golding was a member of the Women's Progressive Association in New South Wales. Like Annie, Belle began work in the public schools, but in May 1900 became the first female inspector under the Early Closing Act of 1899. In December 1913 she was transferred to the inspectorate under the Factories and Shops Act as senior (women) inspector, and retired in 1926. Doubtless Annie Golding drew upon the knowledge and experience of her sister in her campaigns for equal pay for women, and equality in the workplace.

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Golding, Isabella Theresa (Belle) (1864-1941)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090679b.htm.

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