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Muriel Agnes HEAGNEY

Born: 31 December 1885

Died: 14 May 1974

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1906 - Member of the Richmond branch of the Political Labor Council (P.L.C.).
1909 - Delegate to the Women's Central Organizing Committee.
1909 - Attended the first Victorian Labor Women's Conference.
1915 - Committee-member of the Workers' Educational Association.
1919-1920 - Investigator for the Federated Unions of Australia, in their submission to the Commonwealth royal commission on the basic wage.
1921-1923 - Secretary of the Australian Relief Fund for Stricken Europe.
1923-1927 - She prepared cost-of-living schedules for the Clothing Trades Union in its submissions to the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration for a uniform basic wage for both sexes.
1924-1925 - Resided overseas, and worked briefly for the International Labour Organization in Geneva.
1925 - Represented the Melbourne Trades Hall Council at the first British Commonwealth Labour Conference.
1926-1927 - Member of the Victorian central executive of the Labor Party, and also helped to establish the Labor Guild of Youth.
1928 - She presented a paper 'The Trade Union Women' at the first Pan-Pacific Women's Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
1930 - Formed the Unemployed Girls' Relief Movement, which established sewing centres where women worked for unemployed families in return for a relief allowance.
1933 - Unsuccessful candidate in the Boroondara, Victoria by-election.
1936-1942 – Worked in Sydney, New South Wales as a travel organizer for the Queensland Tourist Bureau.
1937 - Founder of the Council of Action for Equal Pay, and served as honorary secretary until 1949.
1943-47 - Served as the women's organizer for the Amalgamated Engineering Union.
September 1955 - Took the position as secretary of the Women's Central Organizing Committee.


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