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Marion Phillips (1881–1932)

from Brisbane Courier

The death is announced of Dr. Marion Phillips, chief woman officer of the Labour Party and one of the outstanding women politicians of Great Britain. The late Dr. Phillips, who was not married, was a native of Melbourne, and received her higher education at the Melbourne University, proceeding thence to the University of London, where she distinguished herself, being Research Scholar and Hutchison Medallist in the London School of Economics in 1905-6. She won the degree of D.Sc. (Econ.), and after gaining experience of industrial conditions as an investigator under the Royal Commission on the Poor Law, in 1907-8, became organising secretary of the Women's Trade Union League in 1912, and general secretary of the Women's Labour League in the following year. One of the many important positions which she filled was that of member of the Consumers' Council of the Ministry of Food in the last months of the late war. She was the author of several political works. She was elected to Parliament, but was defeated at the last elections.

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Life Summary [details]


29 October, 1881
St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


23 January, 1932 (aged 50)
London, Middlesex, England

Cause of Death

cancer (not specified)

Religious Influence

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