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Margaret Colbourne (1868–1948)

Trade union leaders paid last tributes today to Mrs. Margaret Colbourne, often described as "the little grandmother of the Labor movement.

She died yesterday in her 80th year and her funeral took place today in the Church of England Cemetery, Rookwood.

Friend of Labor Cabinet Ministers, the late Mrs. Colbourn is said to have shared more Government secrets than any other woman in Australia.

She made and unmade the careers of Labor aldermen in Glebe, during her long association with the Labor movement, which embraced 40 years as delegate of the Miscellaneous Workers' Union to the NSW Labor Council.

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'Colbourne, Margaret (1868–1948)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 26 July 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Mitchell, Margaret
  • Colbourn, Margaret

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


29 November, 1948 (aged ~ 80)
Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Religious Influence

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