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Dorothy Louise (Dot) Farrall (1891–1979)

Dorothy Farrall, who died recently in Melbourne, joined the Communist Party during the Second World War and remained a close friend of the party.

"Dot" was born in England in 1891 into a struggling family, settling in Sydney in 1920, and was attracted to socialist ideas as a Clothing Trades Union activist. She was an executive member of the NSW branch of the union.

Dot later moved to Melbourne and served as Mayoress of Prahran for a year, contributing to many struggles of Prahran pensioners. She was one of many in the Farrall family who played a significant role in the working class movement in Sydney and Melbourne.

Tribune extends its sympathy to Fred Farrall, Dot's husband, and her family.

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • profile, Australian Women's Weekly, 3 October 1973, p 5

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'Farrall, Dorothy Louise (Dot) (1891–1979)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Byrnes, Dorothy Louise
  • Watts, Dorothy Louise
  • Palmer, Dorothy Louise

October, 1891
Bromley, Kent, England


7 July, 1979 (aged 87)
Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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