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Austin, Mary Valentine Hall (1900 - 1986)

Dame, DBE

29 July 1900
10 September 1986
Community worker
Alternative Names
  • Hall-Thompson, Mary (maiden name, 29 July 1900 - 9 June 1925)


Mary Austin contributed to the community through her involvement in the Red Cross Society and the Liberal Party. She was Superintendent Regional Commandant of the Red Cross in the Victorian Division. She was appointed to The Order of the British Empire - Dames Commander on 16 June 1979 for Community and welfare services.


Mary Austin, the daughter of Admiral P H Hall Thompson, was educated in New Zealand at Marsden College, Wellington. She married Ronald Austin on 9 June 1925, and they had one son. She worked for the Red Cross Society, reaching the rank of superintendent, regional commandant. She was active in the Liberal Party and was vice-president of the Liberal Party and national vice-president from 1947-1976. Dame Mary also held an honorary life membership of the Victoria League.

Sources used to compile this entry: Draper, W J (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 1980, 23 edn, The Herald and Weekly Times, Melbourne, 1908, 928 pp. p. 68.; Births, Deaths, Marriages Victoria.

Rosemary Francis

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