Owen, Mary (1921-2017)

Also known as
Owen, Mary
Owen, Mary, (OAM) (1921-2017)
Field of activity
Women's Liberationist; Trade Unionist
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35114660
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-474560

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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 and a member of La Trobe University Council 1983-1990. She was appointed Deputy Chancellor of La Trobe University 1989. A founding member of Emily's List, Mary Owen was also a Member of the Women's Electoral Lobby (WEL) for over forty-three years. She represented WEL on many Government committees, making a significant impact on policies advancing the status of women, especially the fight for equal pay. 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, which began as a community based organisation's response to a request from Mary Owen for help with conserving the records of her long and varied contribution to public life. Born in 1921, Mary was a woman who effected change - and made Australia a better, more equal place for all of us coming after her. She died 23 March, 2017.

  • Awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal
  • Order of Australia Medal

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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. (Information from The Australian Women's Register). This is No. 148 of the Victorian Women's Liberation and Lesbian Feminist Archives.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Owen, Mary
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. 100 Years of Women's Suffrage 1908-2008: Reflection and Celebration
    RMIT University Students from School of Architecture and Design and School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning
    [2007]
    Published: RMIT University
  3. Women We Know
    Harper, Jan and Lee, Jenny
    [1988]
  4. Vale Mary Owen
    [Australia]
    Published: National Foundation ofor Australian Women
  5. I confess I'd rather work for a few reforms
    Owen, Mary
    [1977]
    Series: IspartOf Vashti: Journal of Women's Liberation Movement
  6. Working Women: Discussion papers from the Working Women's Centre Melbourne
    Owen, Mary and Shaw, Sylvie
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Melbourne Sisters
  7. The Political Participation of Women
    Owen, Mary
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Drummond
    Series: IspartOf Labor EssaysEvans, Gareth and Reeves, John
  8. Stress in the Workplace
    Owen, Mary
    [Melbourne]
    Series: IspartOf Work and Health: Issues in Occupational Health: Proceeings of the Occupational Health in Women in Technological Change ConferenceNational Status of Women Committee
  9. Women's Rights in the Workplace: What's being done to improve them?
    Owen, Mary
    [Melbourne]
    Series: IspartOf Leaving School: It's harder for girlsDyson, Sue and Szirom, Tricia
  10. Why have a Working Women's Centre?
    Owen, Mary
    [1979]
    Series: IspartOf Blueprint: Journal of the Association of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and Draughtsmen of Australia
  11. Discrimination - what does it mean?
    Owen, Mary
    [1978]
    Series: IspartOf Journal of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union
  12. What Choice Women?
    Owen, Mary
    [1979]
    Series: IspartOf Social Alternatives
  13. What came out of Copenhagen? The definition and relevance of education for women in developing countries
    Owen, Mary
    [1980]
    Series: IspartOf Journal of the Institute of Secretaries
  14. The Working Women's Centre
    Owen, Mary
    [1981]
    Series: IspartOf Radical Education Dossier
  15. Making Affirmative Action Work
    Owen, Mary
    [1984]
    Series: IspartOf IMPA Bulletin: Journal of the Institute of Personnel Management Australian Inc. Victoria Division
  16. Women: a wastefully exploited resource
    Owen, Mary
    [1984]
    Series: IspartOf Search28/05/2010 Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
  17. Edna Minna Ryan
    Owen, Mary
    [1997]
    Series: IspartOf Australian Rationalist
  18. A decade of Mary Owen dinners
    Waterfield, Dorothy
    [Sandingham, Vic.]
    Published: Mary Owen Dinner Committee
  19. Living Generously: women mentoring women
    Scutt, Jocelynne A.
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Artemis
  20. Getting Equal: The History of Australian Feminism
    Lake, Marilyn
    [St Leonards, New South Wales]
    Published: Allen & Unwin
  21. Mary Owen Papers
    Series: The University of Melbourne Archives
    Details not known yet
  22. Papers of Mary Owen
    [7.2 m : 1951 - 1997]
    Series: State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection
    Records of activities of the Melbourne Working Women's Centre; submissions to various enquiries into matters concerning women; contributions to Progressive Reform Party; minutes of meetings of the Australian Council of Salaried and Professional Associations (ACSPA) Women's Committee.
    MS 13367
  23. [Biographical cuttings on Mary Owen, co-ordinator of the Working Women's Centre, Melbourne, 1981]
    Series: National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room
  24. Working Women's Centre Papers
    [3.7 m, 26 archive boxes : 1907 - 1985]
    Series: The University of Melbourne Archives
    Minutes and agendas 1977-1981, reports, consultants, material on major womens'organisations, conferences including Womens' Trade Union on the problems of working women and labour. Also subject files on womens' welfare issues including education, employment, health and safety and equal opportunity. Subject files and photographs. Mainly offprints, cuttings etc., of articles and papers relating to aspects of women and work - unionism, equal pay, etc. includes copy of material about the First Exhibition of Women's Work, namely: 1 Copy of introduction from programme of opening ceremony; 2 List of office-bearers (includes JW Barret) 3 Series of articles written by Mrs EF Allan for the Argus describing exhibition in detail15/10-1/121907 NB A full catalogue of the First Exhibition of Women's. Work is now available on microfiche at the Latrobe Library Outwards correspondence files, 1975-1977 Subject files:- Women: Health; Education; Family Planning; Technology; Occupational health and safety; Equal pay; Discrimination; Other. Accession No 80 70, 86 89, 86 134, 88 102, 88 93
  25. Papers of Edna Ryan
    [6 m, 43 boxes : 1948 - 1993]
    Series: National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
    Press clippings, subject files, diaries, notebooks, correspondence, articles, drafts of books, conference papers, submissions and publications on issues such as equal pay for women, employment conditions, child care, abortion and trade union matters. People, organisations and events mentioned include: Anne Conlon, Wendy Fatin, Wendy McCarthy, Mary Owen, Pat Richardson, Mum Shirl, Gough Whitlam, Women's Electoral Lobby, ALP, National Foundation of Australian Women, Women's Trade Union Commission, International Women's year Conference (1975) and National Women's Conference (1990).
    MS 9140
  26. Mary Owen
    [13 March 2001]
    Series: AWAP Collection

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  1. Papers of Mary Owen
    Owen, Mary, 1921-2017
    [ Unpublished : 1951-2014 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  1. Papers of Mary Owen
    Owen, Mary, 1921-2017
    [ Unpublished : 1951-2014 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 27.992)

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  1. Owen, Mary
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  2. Dattilo-Rubbo, Antonio (1870-1955)
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  3. Owen, Gladys Mary (1889-1960)
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    ... Owen, Gladys Mary (1889-1960) ... Waverley, Sydney, son of Frederic Moore, draughtsman, and his wife Emily Mary, née Macpherson. He was... ...
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  1. 'Spit and grit' help Owen open door...
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    National Catholic Reporter
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  2. Wedding group consisting of (from l...
    [ Photograph : 1941 ]
    Wedding group consisting of (from left to right) Nessie Hackett, Ambrose Egryn Owen, Mary ('Molly') Josephine Owen (née Lockhart), Ray Owen with flower girls Margery and Josephine Lockhart, Piangil, Victoria, 22 February 1941
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    [ Photograph : 1941 ]
    Wedding group consisting of Nessie Hackett and Mary ('Molly') Josephine Owen (née Lockhart) with flower girls Josephine Lockhart and Margery Lockhart, Piangil, Victoria, 22 February 1941
  4. A desegregation success story in th...
    Owen, Mary
    The Chronicle of Higher Education
    [ Photograph, Article : 1998 ]
  5. Should community-college tuition be...
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    The Chronicle of Higher Education
    [ Photograph, Article : 1998 ]
  6. Tough political lessons. (Justin Da...
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  1. TOOTH, Owen Mackenzie Douglas
    TOOTH, Owen Mackenzie Douglas
    Created by KEVING., 44 items.

    Tooth, Owen Mackenzie Douglas, was born in 1932 at his father's property Belarra in Pokataroo ( near Collarenebri) - he died in 1969 in Marocco and was buried in the cimetiere de Rabat. Died suddenl...

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  2. Robert Owen Powys Snr
    Robert Owen Powys Snr
    Created by nfletcher, 4 items.

    Possible first wife, Mary

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  3. Owen Finnigan and family
    Owen Finnigan and family
    Created by keithpainter, 8 items.

    Born at Richmond and later lived at Hartley NSW, possibly married 1887 at Rockhampton, later owned hotel at Mount Morgan. Finnigans Creek and Finnigans Point near Hartley named after his Hartley/Hassa...

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    Shaffer, Mary Ann, 1934-2008
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    Languages: English;French;Chinese;Slovenian, [10 others]
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  2. Amazing Grace : an adventure at sea / Stephanie Owen Reeder
    Reeder, Stephanie Owen
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    Amazing Grace : an adventure at sea / Stephanie Owen Reeder
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  3. Clinical obstetrics and gynaecology / edited by Brian A. Magowan, Philip Owen, James Drife ; illustrated by Ian Ramsden
    Magowan, Brian
    [ Book, Map : 2004-2014 ]
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    At 58 libraries
    Clinical obstetrics and gynaecology / edited by Brian A. Magowan, Philip Owen, James Drife ; illustrated by Ian Ramsden
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  1. Owen.
    The Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1909 - 1940) Thursday 23 November 1933 p 5 Article
    ... <Jwen. Owen school leaders for the week I ending 17/11/33 were: grade VI- I Mary Mugford and Laurie ... 44 words
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  2. Owen
    The Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1909 - 1940) Thursday 27 June 1935 p 6 Article
    ... Owen For the week ending 21/6/35, honours were secured by Mary Mugford in prade VII; Kevan Sbackley ... in VI; Melvin Bennett in V; Geoffrey O'Grady, Ruby Barrow, June Poole, Shirley Schilling and Mary ... 51 words
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  3. Owen.
    The Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1909 - 1940) Thursday 17 August 1933 p 5 Article
    ... Owen. Last week Mary Needs and Jessie Eielps gainecf honors in grade VII, Jean McKenzie in VI ... , Yvonne Jarruyn in V, Fred Needs in IV, Bruce Young, Melvin Bennett;, and Mary Borman in III, aud Max ... 43 words
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  1. Frankenstein / Mary Shelley
    Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851
    TLS. Times Literary Supplement
    [ Book, Audio book, Article : 1818-2015 ]
    Languages: English;Chinese;Persian;Spanish, [21 others]
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  2. Mary Owen: women's liberation activist. -An interview-
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  3. John Owen's Latine epigrams / Englished by Tho. Harvey, Gent. ; dedicated by the author Mr. John Owen unto the Lady Mary Nevil, daughter of the Earl of Dorset
    Owen, John, 1560?-1622
    [ Book, Microform, Article : 1606-1997 ]
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  4. Twelfth night / William Shakespeare
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    Chadwick, Owen
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  3. A child's garden of verses / by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894
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  4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society / Mary Ann Shaffer
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    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society / Mary Ann Shaffer
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  1. RE the estate of MARY RUSSELL OWEN, late of Speers
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 30 May 1958 [Issue No.55] p 1671

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... RE the estate of MARY RUSSELL OWEN, late of Speers Point, in the State of New South Wales, widow ... the estate of the said Mary Russell Owen, who died on the 14th day of February, 1958, intestate ... 175 words
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  2. RE the will of MARY ELLEN OWEN, late of Turramurra,
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 23 June 1972 [Issue No.66] p 2512

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    ... RE the will of MARY ELLEN OWEN, late of Turramurra, in the State of New South Wales, widow ... Owen and Maurice Christopher Owen, the executors of the will of the said Mary Ellen Owen, who died on ... 190 words
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  3. RE the will of MARY ELLEN OWEN, late of Turramurra,
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 28 July 1972 [Issue No.76] p 3074

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    ... RE the will of MARY ELLEN OWEN, late of Turramurra, in tne state or Mew south wales, widow ... Owen and Maurice Christopher Owen the executors of the will of the said Mary Ellen Owen, who died on ... 195 words
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  2. [Biographical cuttings on Mary Owen, co-ordinator of the Working Women's Centre, Melbourne, 1981, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
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  3. OWEN, MARY
    Owen, Mary
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  2. A decade of Mary Owen dinners / [edited by Dorothy Waterfield]
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  3. Biochemistry / Mary K. Campbell, Shawn O. Farrell
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  4. Confessions of a Qantas flight attendant / Owen Beddall with Libby Harkness
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  1. Website: Using Lives: Essays in Australian Biography and History
    adb.anu.edu.au
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  2. Website: The Bush Church Aid Society of Australia
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  3. Website: Owen Rye
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