Oke, Marjorie, (OAM) (1911-)

Also known as
Bennett, Marjorie Elizabeth (1911-2003)
Oke, Marjorie, (OAM) (1911-2003)
Oke, Marjorie (1911-)
Field of activity
Community Worker; Political Candidate; Feminists
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-768065

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Marj Oke's first job was as a teacher in a one-room school. Upon her marriage in 1942, as was the policy of the time, she was suspended from teaching. Working at the Australian Jam Company, she encountered very poor working conditions. This experience propelled her to join the Food Preservers' Union and become active in the Australian Labor Party. She stood as a candidate for the Australian Labor Party in the Legislative Assembly seat of St Kilda under her maiden name, Bennett, at the Victorian state election, which was held in 1943. In 1950, Oke became a founding and lifelong member of the Union of Australian Women. After returning to teaching in Moe, she campaigned for equal pay for women teachers, the abolition of the marriage bar and access to superannuation. Additionally, Oke formed a branch of the Aboriginal Advancement League and became, in 1992, a founding member of the Network for Older Women. On 10 June 1991 she was awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) for service to aged people, particularly women. Oke was included in the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in March 2002.

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Marjorie Oke was born in Richmond, Melbourne, in 1911. Her father raised her as a boy and at the age of four she was giving swimming demonstrations for the Royal Lifesaving Society to inspire people to learn to swim. At University High School she became Senior Prefect and Sports Captain. She went to Melbourne Teachers' College and taught in schools from 1931. In 1950 Oke helped establish the Union of Australian Women and advocated for equal pay and equal opportunity. She also helped form a branch of the Aboriginal Advancement League, ensuring it was chaired by an aboriginal woman. A founding member of the Older Women's Network, Oke was included in the Victorian Women's Honour Roll in recognition of her achievements in 2002. This collection is No.87 of the Victorian Women's Liberation and Lesbian Feminist Archive

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Marjorie Oke was born in Richmond, Melbourne, in 1911. Her father raised her as a boy and at the age of four she was giving swimming demonstrations for the Royal Lifesaving Society to inspire people to learn to swim. At University High School she became Senior Prefect and Sports Captain. She went to Melbourne Teachers' College and taught in schools from 1931. In 1950 Oke helped establish the Union of Australian Women and advocated for equal pay and equal opportunity. She also helped form a branch of the Aboriginal Advancement League, ensuring it was chaired by an aboriginal woman. A founding member of the Older Women's Network, Oke was included in the Victorian Women's Honour Roll in recognition of her achievements in 2002. This collection is No.87 of the Victorian Women's Liberation and Lesbian Feminist Archive

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Australian Women's Register

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Oke, Marjorie (Marj) Elizabeth
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Marj Oke - Tribute to a foundation member
    [2003]
    Series: IspartOf Union of Australian Women, Newsltter
  3. A life swimming hard for political equality
    Owen, Mary R and Graham, Janet
    [2003]
    Series: IspartOf The Age
  4. Carrying on the Fight: Women Candidates in Victorian Parliamentary Elections
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2008]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  5. A decade of Mary Owen dinners
    Waterfield, Dorothy
    [Sandingham, Vic.]
    Published: Mary Owen Dinner Committee
  6. Oke, Marjorie
    [9 archives boxes : 1964 - 1994]
    Series: The University of Melbourne Archives
    Articles; Women and Labour Conference minutes, papers, programs, newsletter, leaflets, monograph; casette tape; National Health Promorion Conference papers; Older Women's Network Annual Conference papers; Women's Suffrage Centenary papers; International Conference of Women from Industrialised Nations on Women and Work program; Women and Housing Workshop conference papers; Women and Technological Change leaflet; newspaper clippings; correspondence; newspaper clippings; diaries; personal papers; mongraphs; periodicals including 'Alive and WEL', 'Freedom to Choose'; 'Consultative Committee of Women on Leisure and Recreation Newsletter'; 'Health Sharing Women Newsletter of the Victorian Women's Health Information Service'; 'Star Victorian Action on Intellectual Disability '; National Council of Women of Victoria Newsletter and Quarterly Bulletin; 'Manipulation'; 'Unity'; 'Northcote Community Health Centre Newsletter'; 'Northcote Hydro Therapy Massage, Self Help Ladies Group'; 'WAC Women's Newsletter'; Women in Focus WAC'; 'Women's Liberation Newsletter'; subject files regarding abortion, arts, health; Australian Council of Women papers; CAPOW papers; Consultative Committee of Women on Leisure and Recreation papers; other major women's organisations.
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  7. Marjorie Oke
    [1943]

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  1. QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST.(Local)
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