Piddington, Marion (1869-1950)

Also known as
Lois (1869-1950)
LoisO'Reilly, Marion Louisa (1869-1950)
O'Reilly, Marion Louisa (1869-1950)
Piddington, A. B. (1869-1950)
Piddington, A. B. (Mrs) (1869-1950)
Piddington, Marion Louisa (1869-1950)
Field of activity
Eugenicist; Birth Control Advocate; Sex Reformer; Eugenist; Sex Educator
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35129966
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-477365

Biographies

Marion Louisa Piddington (1869-1950), eugenist and sex educator, was born on 23 December 1869 in Sydney, youngest of four children of Canon Thomas O'Reilly, Anglican clergyman, and his second wife Rosa,...

View the full record at Australian Dictionary of Biography

Marion Piddington was a significant figure in early twentieth century eugenic debate in Australia. She took an interest in a wide range of sexual and reproductive concerns, and in the growth of sex education and contraceptive information, and was involed in the establishement of Racial Hygiene Association of New South Wales in 1926. After falling out with that organisation, she formed a rival organization, the Institute of Family Relations, in 1931. Profoundly influenced by the work of Marie Stopes, she argued for a lifting of the stigma from unmarried motherhood in her 1923 pamphlet . In the early 1920s she was involved in the Workers' Educational Association eugenics circle, and delivered sex education lectures encouraging parents to be frank with their children on matters sexual. She believed in the right of women to sexual fulfilment in the context of marriage. Piddignton belonged to that branch of eugenic thought which came to support birth control, as a means of controlling human reproduction and thus achieving human betterment. She wrote in the late 1920s and early 1930s for and such journals as and on sex education and sexual morality, as well as on the need to sterilize the mentally deficient, a classic eugenist concern.

View the full record at Australian Women's Register

Marion Louisa Piddington was significant in eugenic debate in Australia on a wide range of sexual and reproductive concerns, and in the growth of sex education and contraceptive information.

Marion Louisa Piddington became interested in eugenics during a visit to Britain with her husband in 1912. Wrote "Via Nuova; or science and maternity" (1916) and "The Unmarried mother and Her Child" (1923). Influenced by the works of Marie Stopes and successfully campaigned with her husband for removal of a customs ban on Stopes' "Wise Parenthood" (1923). Taught sex education from 1923 (through the Racial Hygiene Association of New South Wales, which she was involved in setting up, 1926-28 and through a rival association, the Institute of Family Relations, from 1931.) Wrote for "Smith's Weekly", "Herself", "Health and Physical Culture" late 1920s and early 1930s.

View the full record at Encyclopedia of Australian Science

Related people and organisations

Resources for Marion Piddington

Selected resources (12)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Piddington, Marion Louisa
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Piddington, Marion Louisa (1869-1951)
    Curthoys, Ann
    [2006]
    Published: Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography Online
  3. For whom are we building the bridge? : science of eugenics, task for community
    Piddington. Marion
    [Sydney]
    Published: Land Print
  4. Tell them, or, The second stage of mothercraft : a hand-book of suggestions for the sex-training of the child
    Piddington, Marion
    [Sydney]
    Published: Moore's Book Shop
  5. The Unmarried Mother and Her Child
    Piddington, Marion
    [Sydney]
    Published: Moore's Book Shop
  6. Eugenic Reform and the Unfit
    Devanney, Jean
    Series: IspartOf Stead's Review
  7. Women in Australia : an annotated guide to records
    Daniels, Kay, Murnane, Mary, Picot, Anne and National Research Program (Australia)
    [Canberra]
    Published: Australian Government Publishing Service
  8. Biographical Cuttings on Marion Piddington, sex educationalist
    Series: National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room
    BIOG
  9. Workers' Educational Association of Queensland Records
    [0.18 m, 3 boxes, one oversized : 1913 - 1932]
    Series: John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland
    Records of the Workers Educational Association of Queensland, comprising: minutes of the Central Council Executive 1917-32; minutes of the Ipswich Branch 1913-18; correspondence and notes relating to the University of Queensland tutorial classes for workers and minutes of the Committee of management for tutorial classes. Also includes some records of annual conferences, educational conferences and the Workers' Educational Association Club. Marion Piddington's lectures on sex education are included.
    OM64-13

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Piddington, Marion Louisa
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Piddington, Marion Louisa (1869-1950), Eugenist and Sex Educator
    Curthoys, Ann
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 11, 226-227
  3. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003

Resources by Marion Piddington (7)

  1. Papers of A. B. Piddington
    Piddington, A. B. (Albert Bathurst), 1862-1945
    [ Unpublished : 1894-1921 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.112)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.112)

  2. The unmarried mother and her child / by Marion Piddington
    Piddington, Marion, 1869-1950
    [ Book : 1923 ]
    At 4 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.975)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.975)

  3. Tell them, or, The second stage of mothercraft : a hand-book of suggestions for the sex-training of the child / by Marion Piddington ; foreword by E. Sydney Morris
    Piddington, Marion, 1869-1950
    [ Book : 1926 ]
    At 6 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.343)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.343)

  4. The modern plague / by Marion Piddington
    Piddington, Marion, 1869-1950
    [ Book : 1930 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    The modern plague / by Marion Piddington
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.298)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.298)

  5. Horrible murder : an appeal to parents - early delinquent is a potential criminal / by Marion Piddington
    Piddington, Marion, 1869-1950
    [ Book : 1930-1939 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.249)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.249)

  6. Eradication of promiscuity & venereal disease : sex training, sex education and parental metaphylaxis / by Marion Piddington
    Piddington, Marion, 1869-1950
    [ Book : 1930 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Eradication of promiscuity & venereal disease : sex training, sex education and parental metaphylaxis / by Marion Piddington
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.15)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.15)

  7. Scientific motherhood : for the lonely women and childless widows after the war / by the writer of "Via Nuova."
    Piddington, Marion, 1869-1950
    [ Book : 1918 ]
    At Monash Uni Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3.909)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3.909)

Resources about Marion Piddington (2)

  1. [Biographical cuttings on Marion Piddington, sex educationalist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.99)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.99)

  2. Papers of A. B. Piddington
    Piddington, A. B. (Albert Bathurst), 1862-1945
    [ Unpublished : 1894-1921 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.157)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.157)

No user comments for this person

Add a comment


Show comments and reviews from Amazon users

Possibly related

Digitised newspapers and more

Searching...

Minimise

Diaries, letters, archives

Searching...

Minimise

Archived websites (1996 – now)

Searching...

Minimise

Pictures, photos, objects

Searching...

Minimise

Books

Searching...

Minimise

Music, sound and video

Searching...

Minimise

People and organisations

Searching...

Minimise

Journals, articles and data sets

Searching...

Minimise

Maps

Searching...

Minimise

Lists

Searching...

Minimise

Government Gazettes

Searching...

Minimise
  1. Website: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
    www.eoas.info
    Matching pages:
    View 142 matching archived pages
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.169)

    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.169)

  2. Website: Using Lives: Essays in Australian Biography and History
    adb.anu.edu.au
    Matching pages:
    • Biography - Marion Louisa Piddington - A... - 25/8/2014
    • ... of Death Author Piddington, Marion Louisa (18691950) by Ann Curthoys This article was published......adb.anu.edu.au/biography/piddington-marion-louisa-8044.html...
    View 15 matching archived pages
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.127)

    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.127)

  3. Website: Australian Women's Archives Project
    nfaw.org
    Matching pages:
    View 10 matching archived pages
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.052)

    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.052)

Pictures, photos, objects

No results

Minimise
  1. Devanny, Jean (1894-1962)
    Writer; Feminist; Trade Unionist
    ... Piddington, Marion Louisa (1869 - 1950) ... , she was also an admirer of the work of birth control activist, Marion Piddington. Initially living in ...
    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.011)

    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.011)

  2. Workers' Educational Association of Queensland (1913-1932)
    ... Piddington, Marion Louisa (1869 - 1950) ... of new ideas. For instance, Marion Piddington delivered a series of her innovative sex education ...
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.004)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.004)

Maps

No results

Minimise
  1. Ruby Rich interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
    Rich, Ruby, 1888-1988
    [ Sound : 1975-1976 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Ruby Rich interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

  1. Eugenics, feminism, and birth control: the case of Marion Piddington
    Curthoys, Ann
    Hecate
    [ Article : 1989 ]
    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.188)

    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.188)

  2. THE RACE The Sex Training of the Young
    Education : journal of the N.S.W. Public School Teachers Federation.
    [ Article : 1930 ]
    View online
    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    THE RACE The Sex Training of the Young
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.099)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.099)

  3. 'a triune anthropologist appears'? Gerhardt Laves, Ralph Piddington and Marjorie Piddington, La Grange Bay, 1930
    Gray, Geoffrey
    Australian Aboriginal Studies
    [ Article : 2006 ]
    View online (conditions apply)
    At Monash Uni Repos
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.092)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.092)

  4. 'Wanted! A real white Australia': The women's movement, whiteness and the settler colonial project, 1900-1940
    Carey, Jane
    Studies in Settler Colonialism: Politics, Identity and Culture
    [ Article : 2011 ]
    Possibly online
    At Monash Uni Repos
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.036)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.036)

  1. Mrs. Marion Hughes
    The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser (NSW : 1856 - 1861; 1863 - 1889; 1891 - 1954) Wednesday 4 January 1950 p 6 Article
    ... Mrs. Marion Hughes The death occurred at the home of her daughter in Barney-street of Mrs. Marion ... Church, Armidale. : . i Rev. H. MacNeil Saunders officiated.- Piddington's had ! charge of arrangements ... 103 words
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.323)

    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.323)

  2. Mrs. Marion Turner, of Armidale
    The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser (NSW : 1856 - 1861; 1863 - 1889; 1891 - 1954) Monday 8 March 1943 p 2 Article
    ... Mrs. Marion Turner, of Araiidqle I At the age of ?1 years Mrs. Marion Turner passed away in the ... officiated and Piddingtons had charge j of the arrangements. ... 100 words
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.282)

    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.282)

  3. DEATH OF MR. PIDDINGTON K.C.
    Narandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser (NSW : 1893 - 1953) Tuesday 12 June 1945 p 4 Article
    ... DEATH OF MR. PIDDINGTON, K.C. The death is announced of Mr. A. B. Piddington, K.C, whe for many ... years was prominently in the po'.itcia! and judicial life ef New South Wales. Mr. Piddington was a L ... 199 words
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.267)

    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.267)

  1. Hayes Connections
    Hayes Connections
    Created by lorraej, 1,152 items.

    The "Cross Country – Hayes Connection" covers the descendants of Charles and Rose's youngest child, Elizabeth, who married Richard Hayes (convict). It is an update on the 2005 edition, and it includes...

    Keywords: Cross-Flood
    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

  2. History of Intellectual Disability in Australia - Primary Sources
    History of Intellectual Disability in Australia - Primary Sources
    Created by Dave-Earl, 543 items.

    This is a collection of resources related to the history of people with intellectual disabilities in Australia. I plan to arrange and provide more support for this list in the future through a referen...

    Keywords: down syndrome, sydney
    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

  3. South Head Cemetery
    South Head Cemetery
    Created by Drewy, 1,000 items.

    articles relating to the South Head Cemetery at Vaucluse in Sydney's east

    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

  1. RE will of CATHERINE MARION EILEEN PIDDINGTON,
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 22 March 1974 [Issue No.33] p 1005

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... RE will of CATHERINE MARION EILEEN PIDDINGTON, late of Potts Point, in the State of New South Wales ... , the executors of the will of the said Catherine Marion Eileen Piddington, who died on 3rd September ... 174 words
    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.065)

    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.065)

  2. PRIVATE ADVERTISEMENTS. NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. ISSUE OF PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATES OF TITLE. Vol. 2,561, Fol. 106. Registered proprietor: Alice May Funnell. Land: lot 11, de...
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 21 September 1945 [Issue No.97] p 1691

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... proprietor: Marion Louisa Piddlngton. Land: lots 31 to 33 (inc.), deposited plan 4,026, at Glenbrook. Vol. 4 ... 155 words
    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.014)

    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.014)

  3. CONCRETE INDUSTRIES (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED.—Application has been made to the abovenamed Company to
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 12 March 1948 [Issue No.27] p 611

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... 145069 inclusive, registered in tliie name of Catherine Marion Eileen Piddington, upon a declaration that ... 105 words
    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

  1. Papers of Henry Higgins
    Higgins, H. B. (Henry Bournes), 1851-1929
    [ Unpublished : 1840-1976 ]
    At National Library
    Papers of Henry Higgins
    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

  2. Papers of Philip Whelan
    Whelan, Philip, 1873-1943
    [ Unpublished : 1939-1950 ]
    At National Library
    Papers of Philip Whelan
    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

  3. Papers of William Morris Hughes
    Hughes, W. M. (William Morris), 1862-1952
    [ Unpublished : 1865-1958 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Papers of William Morris Hughes
    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

  1. For whom are we building the bridge? : science of eugenics, task for community / by Marion Piddington
    Piddington, Marion
    [ Book : 1929 ]
    At National Library
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.261)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.261)

  2. Tell them!, or, The second stage of mother-craft : a handbook of suggestions for the sex-training of child / Foreword by F. Sydney Morris
    Piddington, Marion
    [ Book : 1900 ]
    At UQ Library
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.108)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.108)

  3. Australian Joint Copying Project handbook
    National Library of Australia
    [ Book : 1972-2018 ]
    View online
    At 77 libraries
    Australian Joint Copying Project handbook
    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0.001)

    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0.001)

  4. A genealogical history of pioneer families of Australia / by P.C. Mowle
    Mowle, P. C. (Percival Conrad), 1872-1951
    [ Book : 1939-1978 ]
    View online
    At 47 libraries
    A genealogical history of pioneer families of Australia / by P.C. Mowle
    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)

    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0)