Watts, Margaret Sturge (1892-1978)

Also known as
Thorp, Margaret Sturge (1892-1978)
Watts, Margaret Sturge, (MBE) (1892-1978)
Field of activity
Welfare Worker; Peace Activist; Migrant Community Advocate
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-714081

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Margaret Sturge Watts (1892-1978), welfare worker, was born on 12 June 1892 at Everton, Liverpool, England, fourth of five children of James Herbert Thorp, medical practitioner, and his wife Anne Sturge,...

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Margaret Sturge Watts was involved with numerous organisations working for women, peace, children's welfare and displaced persons. She was founding President of the City Girls' Amateur Sports Association.

Margaret Sturge Watts was born Margaret Sturge Thorp, daughter of James Herbert Thorp, a medical practitioner, and his wife Anne Sturge, née Eliot. The Thorp and Eliot families were Quakers and Margaret was raised and educated in the Quaker tradition. In 1912 she travelled to Australia with her parents.

During World War I Margaret was involved in peace movements in Australia and in 1919 travelled to Europe where she undertook postwar relief work with the Society of Friends. After returning to Australia she was appointed first welfare superintendent at Anthony Hordern's department store. She was involved in the formation of the City Girls Amateur Sports Association and was the first president. In October 1925 she married Arthur Watts, and in 1930 was appointed welfare officer to the New South Wales Society for Crippled Children, a position she held until 1946.

In 1947 Watts volunteered for service with the Quakers in the postwar reconstruction of Europe and during 1948 she worked in Germany. On her return to Australia she was appointed Executive Secretary to the Good Neighbour Council, working for many years with migrant groups around Australia. In 1957 she became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil) on 13 June 1957 for her work in the 'assimilation of new settlers.'

Before her death in 1978 Margaret Watts donated her personal papers to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia. These papers, now held in the Mitchell and Dixon Libraries Manuscripts Collection (State Library of New South Wales), relate to her work with the Society and with many other organisations working for women, peace, children's welfare and displaced persons. They include material about Margaret Watts which was collected by others interested in her work.

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Australian Women's Register

  • (Person) Hinder, Eleanor Mary (1893 - 1963)

    <p>Hinder and Watts helped to establish the C.G.A.S.A.</p>

  • (Organisation) City Girls' Amateur Sports Association (1918 - c. 1935)

    <p>Margaret Watts (nee Thorp) was the founding president of the City Girls' Amateur Sports Association</p>

  • (Organisation) National Council of Women of New South Wales (1896 - )

    <p>Watts represented the C.G.A.S.A. on the National Council of Women of New South Wales and was convener (1923-26) of the council's standing committee on trades and professions for women.</p>

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Watts, Margaret Sturge
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Watts, Margaret Sturge (1892 - 1978)
    Rutledge, Martha
    [2006]
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography
  3. Hinder, Eleanor Mary (1893 - 1963)
    Foley, Meredith and Radi, Heather
    [2006]
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography
  4. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  5. She's Game: Women Making Australian Sporting History
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2007]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  6. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia - recording of Margaret Watts reading two chapters of her unpublished autobiography 'Faith My Shield', ca.1970 Watts reading two chapters of her unpublished autobiography 'Faith My Shield', ca.1970
    [c. 1970]
    Series: Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales
    Collection comprises - 2 cassettes - 2hrs Margaret Watts reads two chapters of her unpublished autobiography, 'Faith is My Shield'. Chapter 5 'American Friends' and chapter 8 'Hunger and Epidemic'.
    MLOH 454/1-2
  7. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia - papers concerning Margaret Watts, 1914-1982
    [0.39 m, 3 boxes : 1914 - 1982]
    Series: Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales
    1914-1969; Correspondence, being ms. and ts. letters received and carbon ts. letters sent along with miscellaneous notes, cards and ts. reports. Letters sent include carbon ts. letters and reports written by Watts and sent from Germany during 1948 describing conditions in Berlin for the civilian population and describing relief work undertaken by Watts and others. (Call No.: MLMSS 7097/1) 1914-1973; Papers of Margaret Watts, being ms. and ts. notes, correspondence and miscellaneous photographs. Papers include family papers concerning Watts parents and brothers and sisters. (Call No.: MLMSS 7097/1) 1919; 1935; 1948; Diaries, being ms. diaries with detailed entries: diary, 1919, includes description of peace work in Europe after World War I; travel diary, 1935, with notes and illustrations, includes detailed description of Watts travel around Europe and America; diary, 1948, includes description of post war reconstruction work in Germany. (Call No.: MLMSS 7097/1) ca.1974; 'Faith My Shield', an unpublished autobiography by Margaret Watts, being three incomplete ts. and carbon ts. draft versions along with ms. and ts. fragments and notes. (Call No.: MLMSS 7097/2) 1920-1968; Passports and travel permits of Margaret Watts (Call No.: MLMSS 7097/2) 1945-1976; Printed material, including The History of the New South Wales Society For Crippled Children (Sydney, 1976) inscribed to Margaret Watts, Handbook of Practice and Procedure (Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia:Sydney,1967) and various printed brochures and booklets (Call No.: MLMSS 7097/2) 1917-1977; Scrap books of Margaret Watts, being 2 vols. including newscuttings, notes, letters and cards received (Call No.: MLMSS 7097/3) 1978-1982; Papers concerning Margaret Watts, including Quaker testimonies, newscuttings, letters sent to Eileen Barnard Kettle concerning Margaret Watts and a Memorial Service sheet. (Call No.: MLMSS 7097/3) 1973-1978; Biographical notes concerning Margaret Watts (Call No.: MLMSS 7097/3)
    MLMSS 7097
  8. Ros Bowden - interviews conducted for radio programs and documentaries, ca.1975 - 1989
    [c. 1975 - 1989]
    Series: Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales
    78 reels and 90 cassettes - 100hrs
    MLOH 304
  9. Margaret Watts, President, CGASA
    Series: Eleanor M. Hinder - papers, 1837-1963, together with the papers of A. Viola Smith, ca. 1850-1975 (MSS 770/26)

Resources about Margaret Sturge Watts (2)

  1. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia - recording of Margaret Watts reading two chapters of her unpublished autobiography 'Faith My Shield', ca. 1970
    [ Sound : 1970 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia - papers concerning Margaret Watts, 1914-1982
    Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia
    [ Photograph, Sound : 1914-1982 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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    ... PROSPECT WELCOME TO REV. H. WATTS GRIMMETT A large gathering assembled at the Prospect Church on ... Saturday evening last to welcome Rev. H. Watts Grimmett to the district. A dainty tea provded by the lades ... 936 words
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    ... , Margaret Alexander, Suzanne Brown,- Winifred Elphinstone, Dorothy Hughes, Lorna Wilson, Winsome R. Campbell ... .Parents' Asso-ciation (Mr. C. Sturges), Mr. E. Webb presented attendance certificates and school ... 1414 words
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    ... Margaiet Stuige Watts (foi molly Thorp) petitioned foi a divot co fiom Al thill Watts The pul ties who were ... translation was ptoduced Hie tnnslation stated tint the marriage of Aithut Watts and Mai gai Uta Watts was ... 195 words
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  1. NOTICE of intended distribution of estate.—Any person having any claim upon the estate of MARGARET STURGE
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 3 November 1978 [Issue No.148] p 4483

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    ... STURGE WATTS, late of 1/9 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point, widow, who died on 5th May, 1978, must send ... has notice. Probate was granted in New South Wales on 3rd October, 1978.—Dated this 26th day of ... 122 words
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    ... 'Shannassy, Esquire, Laura Mrs. Pugh, George Rees, Esquire, Viva Burton Mrs. Sundercombe, Margaret Sturge Mrs. Watts ... , Esquire, F.C.A. (Aust.), Francis Seymour Vine, Esquire, and George Percival Norman Watt, Esquire, C ... 773 words
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