- 6 August 1884
East Molesey, Surrey, England
- 4 October 1955
Surbiton, Surrey, England
- Diarist, Feminist, Potter and Social worker
- Alternative Names
- Burton, Eilean Mary (Birth Name)
Eilean Giblin (born Burton) arrived in Australia in 1919 with a shipload of war brides following her marriage the previous year to AIF officer Major L F Giblin, DSO, MC. She came with a commitment to women's rights and social justice developed through the suffrage movement and left-wing social and political circles in London. During the next three decades in three Australian cities she worked to advance her feminist, humanitarian and educational ideals. In Hobart in the 1920s she campaigned for 'equal citizenship'; in Melbourne in the 1930s she led a committee that built and opened University Women's College; in Canberra during the Second World War she was one of small minority who championed the cause of the enemy aliens deported on the Dunera, This is recorded in her wartime diary which is a unique social record and a powerful witness to the immense suffering and futility of war. She was a pioneer Canberra potter some of whose work is in the National Gallery of Australia.